A FEW FACTS ABOUT BURUNDI….
Official Language: Kirundi (o), French (o)
Religions: 83% Christian, 2% Muslim
- Size: 27,830 sq km
- Population: 10,888,321 – 11% of population is urban(+4.4%/yr)
- Per Capita Income: $600
COMPARED TO US²
- Size (Massachusetts): 27,335 sq km
- Population (Ohio): 11,544,225 – 79% of US population is urban
- Per Capita Income of US: $49,800
LABOR FORCE BY OCCUPATION³:
- Agriculture: 93.6% – (coffee, tea, sugar, cotton)
- Industry: 2.3%
- Services: 4.1%
- Unemployment rate: NA
COMPARED TO US
- Agriculture: 1.2%
- Industry: 19.1%
- Services: 79.7%
Life expectancy at birth: 50 years
Mortality: Infant 67/1000 live births (2012); Maternal 1000/1000 live births (2010)
Literacy rate for young adults (ages 15-24): male 78% female 78% (2010)
Burundi was colonized by Germany, then Belgium, under which it was part of a country known as Ruanda-Urundi. Burundi separated from Rwanda in 1962, following a period of instability in Rwanda due to conflict between the Tutsis and Hutus. A constitutional monarchy fell in 1966 and was replaced by a military dictatorship. Fighting between Tutsis and Hutus has characterized much of the past fifty years, leaving this country among the poorest on earth. Its current government is a democratic republic with a president as head of government.
¹Statistics are from The CIA Factbook.
³Statistics are from The CIA Factbook.
*Statistics are from the World Bank, http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.PUBL
**Statistics are from the World Bank, http://data.worldbank.org/indicator/SH.XPD.PUBL