Comparing United States to Burma

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If you moved to Burma from the United States, you would:


MAKE 96.8% LESS MONEY EVERY YEAR


United States  UNITED STATES ($52,800.00 per capita)
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Burma  BURMA ($1,700.00 per capita)
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In United States, the GDP per capita is $52,800.00 per capita, while in Burma, that number is $1,700.00 per capita.
Category: United States vs. Burma GDP

LIVE 13.6 YEARS LESS


United States  UNITED STATES (79.56 years life expectancy)
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Burma  BURMA (65.94 years life expectancy)
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In United States, you (on average) will live to approximately 79.56. In Burma, the average life expectancy is 65.94.
Category: United States vs. Burma life expectancy

CONSUME 99.1% LESS ELECTRICITY


United States  UNITED STATES (12,186 kWh per capita)
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Burma  BURMA (109 kWh per capita)
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In United States, electricity consumption use is 12,186 kWh per capita. In Burma, it is 109 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Burma electricity consumption

BE 13.6% LESS LIKELY TO HAVE ACCESS TO IMPROVED DRINKING WATER


United States  UNITED STATES (99.2% of people)
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Burma  BURMA (85.7% of people)
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In United States, 99.2% of people have access to clean drinking water. In Burma, 85.7% do.
Category: United States vs. Burma drinking water access

BE 7.28 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO DIE IN YOUR INFANCY


United States  UNITED STATES (6.17 per 1000 infants)
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Burma  BURMA (44.91 per 1000 infants)
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That's 627.9% more likely! In United States, approximately 6.17 per 1000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Burma, on the other hand, there are a total of 44.91 deaths during infancy per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Burma infant mortality

BE 28.8% LESS LIKELY TO BE UNEMPLOYED


United States  UNITED STATES (7.3% of people)
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Burma  BURMA (5.2% of people)
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In United States, 7.3% of people are unemployed, and in Burma 5.2% are unemployed.
Category: United States vs. Burma unemployment rate

HAVE 39% MORE BABIES


United States  UNITED STATES (13.42 babies per 1000 people)
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Burma  BURMA (18.65 babies per 1000 people)
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In United States, there are approximately 13.42 babies per 1000 people. In Burma, however, there are a total of 18.65 babies per 1000 people.
Category: United States vs. Burma birth rate

BE 2.17 TIMES MORE LIKELY TO BE BELOW THE POVERTY LINE


United States  UNITED STATES (15.1% of people)
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Burma  BURMA (32.7% of people)
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That's 116.6% more likely! In United States, 15.1% of people are below the poverty line. In Burma, 32.7% are.
Category: United States vs. Burma poverty

SEE A 90.3% DECREASE IN COASTLINE


United States  UNITED STATES (19,924km of coastline)
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Burma  BURMA (1,930km of coastline)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline, while Burma has a total of 1,930 km.
Category: United States vs. Burma coastline

At a Glance: Burma

  • Land Area: ~677 thousand sq km (United States is ~15 times bigger than Burma)
  • Population: ~56 million people (263 million more people live in United States)

How big is Burma compared to United States? See an in-depth size comparison.

This to-scale map shows a size comparison of Burma (676,578 sq km) and United States (9,826,675 sq km).


A brief history of Burma

Burma is a sovereign country in East/Southeast Asia, with a total land area of approximately 676,578 sq km. Various ethnic Burmese and ethnic minority city-states or kingdoms occupied the present borders through the 19th century. Over a period of 62 years (1824-1886), Britain conquered Burma and incorporated the country into its Indian Empire. Burma was administered as a province of India until 1937 when it became a separate, self-governing colony; in 1948, Burma attained independence from the British Commonwealth. Gen. NE WIN dominated the government from 1962 to 1988, first as military ruler, then as self-appointed president, and later as political kingpin. In response to widespread civil unrest, NE WIN resigned in 1988, but within months the military crushed student-led protests and took power. Multiparty legislative elections in 1990 resulted in the main opposition party - the National League for Democracy (NLD) - winning a landslide victory. Instead of handing over power, the junta placed NLD leader (and Nobel Peace Prize recipient) AUNG SAN SUU KYI (ASSK) under house arrest from 1989 to 1995, 2000 to 2002, and from May 2003 to November 2010. In late September 2007, the ruling junta brutally suppressed protests over increased fuel prices led by prodemocracy activists and Buddhist monks, killing at least 13 people and arresting thousands for participating in the demonstrations. In early May 2008, Burma was struck by Cyclone Nargis, which left over 138,000 dead and tens of thousands injured and homeless. Despite this tragedy, the junta proceeded with its May constitutional referendum, the first vote in Burma since 1990. Parliamentary elections held in November 2010, considered flawed by many in the international community, saw the ruling Union Solidarity and Development Party garner over 75% of the seats. Parliament convened in January 2011 and selected former Prime Minister THEIN SEIN as president. Although the vast majority of national-level appointees named by THEIN SEIN are former or current military officers, the government has initiated a series of political and economic reforms leading to a substantial opening of the long-isolated country. These reforms have included allowing ASSK to contest parliamentary by-elections on 1 April 2012, releasing hundreds of political prisoners, reaching preliminary peace agreements with 10 of the 11 major armed ethnic groups, enacting laws that provide better protections for basic human rights, and gradually reducing restrictions on freedom of the press, association, and civil society. At least due in part to these reforms, ASSK now serves as an elected Member of Parliament and chair of the Committee for Rule of Law and Tranquility. Most political parties have begun building their institutions in preparation for the next round of general elections in 2015. The country is the chair of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for 2014.

The data on this page is calculated using data sourced from The World Factbook (2014 data).