About Burundi

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The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi

The Royal Drummers and Dancers of Burundi

Burundi is a country in Africa. Placed in the southeastern area of Africa, the Republic of Burundi is actually part of the area known as the African Great Lakes Region. It is the linking region between central and east Africa. As you might assure, Burundi lies on the shores of a body of water. Burundi shores borders with Tanzania and Rwanda.

Burundi’s physical area and population size

The full area of Burundi comes to about 10,745 square miles. As a nation that is mostly land and just made of a little bit of water, Burundi is 92 percent land and 8 percent water. The water areas of Burundi make up approximately 830 square miles and the remaining 9,915 square miles of country are comprised of land. The country of Burundi is 138.22 miles long and 78.75 miles wide, and this area is divided into 16 different provinces. Burundi has a population of 11,420,136 people, as of 2019. As of right now, country is the 8th most populated countries in the planet in comparison to 195 countries around the world. Looking at the total international population, Burundi is home to mere 0.15 percent of all the people in the world.


The country’s usually high elevation generates relatively chill temperatures, which average just about 70 F throughout the year in the central plateau area and generally drop below 60 F at night. At lower elevations the yearly average is just slightly higher – for example, at Bujumbura in the Imbo valley. Yearly precipitation, which average sixty to seventy inches in the highest laying areas, is just about forty inches on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. There is a little dry season from May to August.

Plant and animal life

The natural forest vegetation has almost fully disappeared from the landscape and is restricted now primarily to higher mountain slopes. On the plateaus, wooden savanna is found at higher elevations, providing way to more-open savanna on the lower slopes. Poaching has dealt an extreme blow to the country’s wildlife. The elephant population has virtually disappeared, leaving just baboons, warthogs, and antelope as less endangered species.

Demographic trends

Although child and infant mortality rates are high, Burundi birth rate is above average for central Africa, yet its population is not rising at the same high rate as that of other nations in Africa, in part because of the big killings linked with the civil war there. Almost half of the population is under age fifteen. Life expectancy in Burundi, although low by world standards, is approximately average for Africa.

Forestry, agriculture, and fishing

About half of Burundi’s land area is linked cultivable, and about one-third is perfect for pasture. Staple food crops contain corn, beans, sorghum, cassava. Arabica coffee traditionally has been a big commodity for Burundi. The production of coffee dropped by approximately half in the 1990s because of civil strife but has since rebounded. Sugar and tea are also big export crops. Big areas of cotton are cultivated, largely in the imbo valley, anyway, cotton output has decreased to less than half the production of the early 1990s.


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