Located in Central Africa, Burundi borders Rwanda to the north, Conga to the west, and Tanzania to the east. Although Burundi is quite close to the equator, the temperature level is comfortable because of its high elevation.
Population: 11.1 million
Ethnic Groups: Hutu (Bantu) (85%), Tutsi (Hamitic) (14%), Twa (Pygmy) (1%), Europeans (3,000), South Asians (2,000)
Languages: Kirundi (Official) (29.7%), Kirundi and other language (9.1%), French (Official) and French and other language (0.3%), Swahili and other language (along Lake Tanganyika and in the Bujumbura area) (0.2%), English (Official) and English and other language (0.06%), more than 2 languages (3.7%), Unspecified (56.9%)
Religions: Christian (82.8% - Roman Catholic (61.4%), Protestant (21.4%)), Muslim (2.5%), Adventist (2.3%), Other (6.5%), Unknown (5.9%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated June 21, 2017
In Canada: 10,990
In the GTA: 710
In Toronto: 475
A peace accord in 2000 significantly reduced the conflict that had gone on for hundreds of years between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes, and Burundi held peaceful elections in 2005 and 2010. Today, there is political and economic stability as well as freedom of religion. Although most Burundians identify as Christian, they often infuse aspects of traditional African religion into their faith. As a majority Christian nation, Burundians celebrate Christian holidays. In 2005, the government began recognizing the Islamic holy days of Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.