Myanmar (Burmese) Culture

Population Statistics

Myanmar

Population

56,890,418

[July 2016 est.]

Population estimates for this country take into account the effects of excess mortality due to AIDS.

Language

Burmese [official]

Shan Tai

Karen languages Karenic

Kachin Jingpho

Chin languages Kukish

Mon

English

There are over 100 languages and dialects spoken by minority groups.

Religion

Buddhist 87.9%
Christian 6.2%
Muslim 4.3%
Animist 0.8%
Hindu 0.5%
Other 0.2%
None 0.1%

[2014 est.]

These estimates are based on the 2014 National Census, including an estimate for the non-enumerated population of Rakhine State, which is assumed to mainly affiliate with the Islamic faith.

Ethnicity

Burman Bamar 68%
Shan 9%
Karen 7%
Rakhine 4%
Chinese 3%
Indian 2%
Mon 2%
Other 5%

There are over 135 indigenous groups in Burma.

Australians with Burmese Ancestry

49,204 
[Census, 2016]

Burmese in Australia

Population

32,655

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Myanmar.

Median Age

38

[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 50.5%
Female 49.5%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Baptist Christianity 31.0%
Buddhism 25.0%
Catholic Christianity 14.2%
Islam 10.7%
Other Religion 14.1%
No Religion 2.9%
Not Stated 1.8%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Burmese 42.9%
Chin 14.3%
Karen 13.7%
Chinese 6.4%
Other Ancestry 22.7%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Burmese 40.5%
Karen 16.3%
English 12.3%
Chin Haka 9.9%
Other Languages 20.5%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 56.3% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

Victoria 33.6%
Western Australia 26.7%
New South Wales 21.8%
Queensland 9.7%
Other 8.2%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 2007 36.3%
2007 - 2011 29.9%
2012 - 2016 31.3%

[Census, 2016]

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