Burundi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bujumbura

Government: Presidential Republic

Current President: Pierre Nkurunziza

Economy:

  • Predominately agricultural.
  • Agriculture accounts for just over 30% of GDP and employs more than 90% of the population.
  • Primary exports are coffee and tea.

Population: 11,844,520 (2018)

Land Size: 27,834 sq km (10,747 sq miles)

Major Ethnic Groups:

  • Hutu: 85%
  • Tutsi: 14%
  • Twa: 1%
Religions:

  • Christian: 67% (Roman Catholic: 62%, Protestant: 5%)
  • Indigenous beliefs: 23%
  • Muslim: 10%

Language(s):

  • Kirundi (official)
  • French (official)
  • Swahili (along Lake Tanganyika and in the Bujumbura area)

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RECENT NEWS

  • Thu - Apr 25, 2019: Burundi Foreign Minister Visits - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [Botswana Daily News] Gaborone -Burundian Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr Ezechiel Nibigira was in Botswana April 23 for a meeting with President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Burundi Seeks Zimbabwe's Support On SADC Admission - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [263Chat] Bujumbura is counting on Harare's influence in the Southern African Development Community (SADC) to mop up support for its admission into the sub-regional bloc ahead of the SADC assessment mission's tour of the troubled east African nation next month, 263Chat has established.
  • Wed - Apr 24, 2019: Burundi Envoy Pays Courtesy Call On Mnangagwa - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [The Herald] A special envoy from Burundi's President Pierre Nkurunziza has paid a courtesy call on President Mnangagwa at his Munhumutapa offices as the country seeks support for admission into Sadc.
  • Mon - Apr 22, 2019: Burundi Says It Is Ready for SADC Membership - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [East African] Burundi is pushing for membership of the 16-member South African Development Community and has invited a team from the bloc to evaluate its readiness and report to the Summit.
  • Fri - Apr 19, 2019: School Girls Expelled for Defacing Nkurunzinza's Photo - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [Nairobi News] Do you remember the school girls who were recently detained by the police in Burundi for reportedly doodling on a picture of the country's president?