Located in Southeast Asia, Myanmar shares land boundaries with India, China, Laos, and Thailand. Even so, Myanmar is isolated from these countries because of a horseshoe of high mountains. Myanmar has its south and west coastlines along the Indian Ocean.
Population: 56.8 million
Ethnic Groups: Burman (Bamar) (68%), Shan (9%), Karen (7%), Rakhine (4%), Chinese (3%), Indian (2%), Mon (2%), Other (5%)
Languages: Burmese (Official)
Religions: Buddhist (87.9%), Christian (6.2), Muslim (4.3%), Animist (0.8%), Hindu (0.5%), Other (0.2%), None (0.1%)
CIA: The World Factbook - Last Updated July 12, 2017
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Myanmar, formerly Burma, is the largest nation in Southeast Asia. Officially, freedom of religion is allowed in Myanmar, but any group the government considers harmful to the state is harassed, persecuted, and often imprisoned. There have also been accusations that the military regime has tried to impose Buddhism onto minority groups. These minority groups include Christians, Muslims, and Animists. Those who subscribe to animist beliefs give offerings to Nats (clever and extremely powerful spiritual beings) out of fear and for protection.