A centrally located transportation hub, Nay Pyi Taw (also called Naypyitaw or Naypyidaw) became the capital city for the Republic of the Union of Myanmar (also called Burma) on November 6, 2005.
Myanmar is one of the poorest countries in Southeast Asia.
Based on statistics from the Central Intelligence Agency World Factbook, an estimated 21.8% of Myanmar’s total population are internet users as of July 2015–among the bottom 40% of all countries for web participation.
Myanmar exported US$11.7 billion worth of goods around the globe in 2016 according to the estimates from the International Trade Centre. Myanmar’s highest-value exports are natural gas, precious stones, mungo beans, tin, ferro-nickel, pigeon peas, jackets and copper.
Capital Facts for Nay Pyi Taw, Myanmar: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Uppatasanti Pagoda, Nay Pyi Taw Water Fountain Garden, The Gem Museum, Myoma Market and the Nay Pyi Taw Zoological Gardens (largest zoo in Myanmar)
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Myanmar (aka Burma):
- John Michie, actor (born Oct. 25, 1986)
- Nick Drake, singer-songwriter (born Jun. 19, 1948)
- Peter Gordeno, actor (born Jun. 20, 1939)
- Lai Lai Win, Olympic sprinter (born Feb. 9, 1977)
- Soe Min Thu, Olympic long-distance runner (born Sep. 25, 1988)
- Zienia Merton, actress (born Dec. 11, 1945)
- Khin Khin Htwe, Olympic middle-distance runner (born Nov. 29, 1962)
- Aung San Suu Kyi, politician, diplomat & author (born Jun. 19, 1945)
- Jimmy Crampton, Olympic middle-distance runner (born Jul. 23, 1949)
- Dick Strawbridge (aka Colonel Dick), environmentalist & TV presenter (born Sep. 3, 1979)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Myanmar resident: Burmese or Myanma
Population: 924,608 (Nay Pyi Taw)
Density: 339 people per square mile (131 per square kilometer)
Population: 56,890,418 (Myanmar)
Density: 225 people per square mile (87 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$283.5 billion in 2015 (for Myanmar, per CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $5,500
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Nay Pyi Taw were unavailable.
Official currency used in Nay Pyi Taw: Burmese kyat
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 6, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, East & Southeast Asia: Burma. Accessed on February 8, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 6, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on July 31, 2017
Official Government Website, The Republic of the Union of Myanmar: President Office. Accessed on January 6, 2017
The World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas – Population, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Myanmar. Accessed on February 8, 2017
Wikipedia, Nay Pyi Taw. Accessed on January 6, 2017
Nay Pyi Taw has an estimated population of 924,608 residents living over a land area measuring 2,724 square miles (7,054 square kilometers).
At the country level, Myanmar’s land area covers 252,321 square miles (653,508 square kilometers). The national population count was 56.9 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Nay Pyi Taw with an average 340 inhabitants per square mile (130 per square kilometer).
For Myanmar overall, population density lowers to an average 230 inhabitants per square mile (90 per square kilometer).
Myanmar gained its freedom from the United Kingdom on January 4, 1948. Myanmas celebrate Independence Day as a public holiday each January 4.