Official name Re·pub·lic of the Un·ion of Myan·mar[ri-puhb-likuhvthuh-yoon-yuhnuhv mee-uhn-mahr, myahn-mahr] /rɪˈpʌb lɪk əv ðə ˈyun yən əv ˈmi ən mɑr, ˈmyɑn mɑr/ . Former official name Un·ion of Bur·ma[yoon-yuhnuhv bur-muh] /ˈyun yən əv ˈbɜr mə/ .
a republic in SE Asia, on the Bay of Bengal and the Andaman Sea: unified from small states in 1752; annexed by Britain (1823–85) and made a province of India in 1886; became independent in 1948. It is generally mountainous, with the basins of the Chindwin and Irrawaddy Rivers in the central part and the Irrawaddy delta in the south. Official language: Burmese. Religion: Buddhist majority. Currency: kyat. Capital: Yangon. Pop: 55 167 330 (2013 est). Area: 676 577 sq km (261 228 sq miles)Official full name: the Union of Myanmar Former official name (until 1989, though still widely used): Burma