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: 1 million (2013 est.)
Ethnic Groups: Hutu (Bantu) (85%), Tutsi (Hamitic) (14%), Twa (Pygmy) (1%), Europeans (3,000), South Asians (2,000)
Languages: Kirundi (official), French (official), Swahili (along Lake Tanganyika and in the Bujumbura area)
Religions: Christian (82.8%) (Roman Catholic 61.4%, Protestant 21.4%), Muslim (2.5%), Adventist (2.3%), other (6.5%), unknown (5.9%)
Burundians In Toronto
In Canada: 4,650
In the GTA: 330
In the City of Toronto: 230
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.
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