Looking to boost your knowledge of the countries of Africa? Why not start with these 22 interesting facts about Burundi!
Burundi is a landlocked country in East
Africa. It is bordered by
Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. To explore the beautiful fields and
mountains that this wonderful country has to offer, follow the coordinates of 3.5000° S, 30.0000° E to find yourself in Burundi!
Flag of Burundi
The terrain here is mostly hilly and
mountainous, dropping to plateau in the east. The total land area of Burundi is 10,
747 square miles (27,834 square kilometres)… …that’s almost 2.5 times the size of
That makes it one of the smallest countries in
Africa. Burundi’s population was 11.18 million in 2018…
…that’s around double the population of
Residents here are known as
Burundians. The capital is
Bujumbura; it covers an area of 34 square miles (87 square kilometres) and had a population of 751,000 in 2015. Burundians enjoy an equatorial climate, although this varies with altitude. There are two rainy seasons from February to
May and September to November. Burundi boasts
hippopotamuses, monkeys, elephants, lemurs, squirrels, bats, cheetahs, leopards, mongooses, zebras and buffalo, plus several endemic species of plants and animals.
The official languages of Burundi are Kirundi and French.
first world war, Belgium took control of Burundi from Germany, before the country regained independence in 1962. If you fancy sipping some
banana wine or local beer, you’ll need to exchange your spending money for Burundian Franc, the official currency of Burundi. As of 2020, there are around 2,000 Burundian Francs to USD $1!
Football is the national sport of Burundi. The average
life span here is 60.9 years (2017). Burundi won a
gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games, the first time it had ever competed, for the Men’s 5,000 metres. It has never won another medal since, despite participating in all 4 of the subsequent games. Industry insights…
coffee, tea, sugar, cotton and corn; they also rear cattle. Its industry includes textiles, soap and the assembly of imported components.
The main exports consist of
coffee, tea, sugar, cotton and hides. Do you know any interesting facts about Burundi that we’ve missed? Share them in the comments section below!
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