Burundi

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INFORMATION

Capital: Bujumbura

Government: Presidential Republic

Current President: Évariste Ndayishimiye

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: 11,865,821 (2020)

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

  • Wed - Oct 20, 2021: Burundi President Ndayishimiye to Visit Dodoma, Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [East African] Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye will make a three-day state visit to Tanzania on Friday.
  • Wed - Oct 20, 2021: Burundi Hands Over 11 FLN Militias to Rwanda - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [New Times] Burundi has on Tuesday, October 19 handed over to Rwanda eleven anti-Rwanda fighters of Force Nationale de Libération (FLN) terror outfit.
  • Tue - Oct 12, 2021: An Opportunity for the EU to Help Steer Through Reform in Burundi - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [Crisis Group] Reform promises by Burundian President Evariste Ndayishimiye have led to a marked improvement in relations with the EU. In this excerpt from the Watch List 2021 - Autumn Update, Crisis Group urges the EU and its member states to set benchmarks for Burundian human rights reforms and ensure compliance with EU-Burundi agreements.
  • Fri - Oct 8, 2021: Lawyer's Conviction a Travesty of Justice - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [HRW] Nairobi -- The decision in the Court of Appeal of Ngozi to uphold the conviction and five-year prison sentence for a lawyer who had been affiliated to a human rights group in Burundi was a travesty of justice, Human Rights Watch and five other international human rights groups said today. The following is their statement:
  • Tue - Oct 5, 2021: In Burundi's Hills, Red Hot Pepper Leads to a Farming Revolution - AllAfrica News: Burundi
    [East African] The mist covered the hills and a soft wind blew gently over the fragmented fields of Rwanyege village.