Population and censuses

Myanmar: Aung San Suu Kyi defends policies towards Rohingya

Myanmar leader Aung San Suu Kyi has defended her government’s actions in Rakhine state which have forced more than 700,000 Muslim-majority Rohingya to flee their homes and seek refuge in neighbouring Bangladesh. Keep reading  ...

Thousands of pregnant women left without healthcare in Rakhine

An estimated 7600 pregnant women have been left without access to basic or primary healthcare services for almost two months in the northern Rakhine townships of Maungdaw and Buthidaung since the outbreak of violent conflict in early October.Keep reading ...

Officials to sue migrant rights activist for defamation

After being hit with a lawsuit, officials from the Myanmar Overseas Employment Agencies Federation plan to launch a countersuit on the basis of criminal defamation.Keep reading ...

Hunger remains at ‘serious’ levels: report

Myanmar continues to have “serious” levels of hunger, comparable to North Korea, Rwanda and Nepal, according to a recently released global index.Keep reading ...

Worryingly high Myanmar marital birthrate revealed following census

While the total fertility rate in Myanmar is 2.5 children per woman, and on par with ASEAN averages, new and more detailed data tell a very different story: Married women in Myanmar give birth to five children on average. Keep reading ...

Solving the Yangon housing shortage

Amid estimates that Yangon’s population of 7 million-plus will move into double-digits in the next 10 to 20 years, what is being done to solve the commercial capital’s housing crisis? The problem is exacerbated by the slow pace of economic and social development, which keeps incomes ...

Buddhists make up 87.9 pct of Myanmar's population: census

NAY PYI TAW, July 21 (Xinhua) — Buddhists make up 87.9 percent of Myanmar’s population, government census figures showed on Thursday. Keep reading ...

Myanmar population reached 51.5m in 2014

The population of Myanmar totalled 51.5 million in the nationwide census conducted jointly by the Myanmar government and the United Nations last year, according to a Bangkok Post article quoting the Kyodo News Agency on 30 May.Keep reading ...

Average population density in Yangon reaches to 16,000 per square mile

Yangon— The average population density for Yangon has reached about 16,000 people per square mile, and most of them are living in downtown areas, Sanchaung, Kyimyindine and Kamayut townships, according to the report of the Yangon City Development Committee (YCDC). Keep reading ...

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