23 Bold Facts About Burundi

Looking to boost your knowledge of the big wide world? Why not start with these 23 facts about Burundi!

Geographical stats…Interesting Facts about Burundi

  1. Burundi is a landlocked country in East Africa.
  2. It is bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west.
  3. To explore the beautiful fields and mountains that this wonderful country has to offer, follow the coordinates of 3.5000° S, 30.0000° E to find yourself in Burundi!
  4. The terrain here is mostly hilly and mountainous, dropping to plateau in the east.
  5. The total land area of Burundi is 10,747 square miles (27,834 square kilometres)…
  6. …that’s almost 2.5 times the size of Yorkshire.
  7. That makes it one of the smallest countries in Africa.
  8. Burundi’s population was 10,742,276 in 2015…
  9. …that’s around double the population of Yorkshire.
  10. Residents here are known as Burundians.
  11. The capital is Bujumbura; it covers an area of 34 square miles (87 square kilometres) and had a population of 751,000 in 2015.
  12. Burundians enjoy an equatorial climate, although this varies with altitude. There are two rainy seasons from February to May and September to November.
  13. Burundi boasts hippopotamuses, monkeys, elephants, lemurs, squirrels, bats, cheetahs, leopards, mongooses, zebras and buffalo, plus several endemic species of plants and animals.

Social intricacies

  1. The official languages of Burundi are Kirundi and French.
  2. After the first world war, Belgium took control of Burundi from Germany, before the country regained independence in 1962.
  3. If you fancy sipping some banana wine or local beer, you’ll need to exchange your GBP for Burundian Franc, the official currency of Burundi. As of 2015, there are almost 2,350 Burundian Francs to 1 GBP!
  4. Football is the national sport of Burundi.
  5. The average life span here is 60 years.
  6. Burundi won a gold medal in the 1996 Olympic Games, the first time it had ever competed, for the Men’s 5000 metres. It has never won another medal since, despite participating in all 4 of the subsequent games.

Industry insights…

  1. Burundi grows coffee, tea, sugar, cotton and corn; they also rear cattle.
  2. Its industry includes textiles, soap and the assembly of imported components.
  3. The main exports consist of coffee, tea, sugar, cotton and hides.

Bonus Fact!

  1. Do you know someone lucky enough to live in Burundi? You can make cheap calls to Burundi with Cherry Call – don’t forget, you’ll also need to use the international dialling code of 00257.

To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Burundi, head over to the Radio Publique Africaine website, but be warned – it’s in French!

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