Tourism is a relatively small industry in Burundi, with it accounting for 3% of the country's GDP. Many of the tourist attractions in the country are in Bujumbura, which is the capital city. This includes the beach, which is popular with the tourists who visit the city. In addition to this, Lake Tanganyika is a popular tourist attraction.
Burundi has got a diverse population. People of Burundi speak in different languages. Burundi Languages vary from one region to the other. The official languages of Brunei are Rundi and French. Swahili is used some of the regions. It is important to know that most of the languages of Africa lack script.
The official language Rundi is a Bantu language. It is the standard medium of communication in Rundi. Both the Hutu and Tutsi people use Rundi. Another official language French is mostly use for official purposes. The institutions, private and government offices use French for corresponds. Languages in Burundi also include Swahili. Swahili is mostly spoken along the Lake Tanganyika an in the Bujumbura area. It is used mainly for trading purpose.
A hot equatorial climate is found near Lake Tanganyika and in the Ruzizi River plain. It is often windy on the lake. The rest of the country is mild and pleasant. Burundi has two rainy seasons - the major one from February to May, with a minor rainy season between September and November, and two dry seasons: the long dry season from June to August and the shorter dry season between December and January.
The choice is limited. Most food is boiled, stewed or roasted over wood fire. Meals in Bujumbura's hotels are reasonable, but expensive and of fairly average quality. The French, Greek and Asian restaurants in the town are good. There are few restaurants outside the capital and Gitega.
• Staple ingredients include plantains, sweet potatoes, cassava, peas and maize.
• Popular snacks are fruit, cane sugar and groundnuts.
• Spicy carrots are a side dish of carrots mixed with mustard seeds and chilli peppers.
The franc became the currency of Burundi in 1916, when Belgium occupied the former Germany colony and replaced the German East African rupie with the Belgian Congo franc. Burundi used the currency of Belgian Congo until 1960, when the Rwanda and Burundi franc was introduced. Burundi began issuing its own francs in 1964.
There are plans to introduce a common currency, a new East African shilling, for the five member states of the East African Community by the end of 2015.
Burundi (pronounced), officially the Republic of Burundi, is a landlocked country in the Great Lakes region of Eastern Africa bordered by Rwanda to the north, Tanzania to the east and south, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west. Its size is just under 28, 000 km² with an estimated population of over 10, 000, 000. Its capital is Bujumbura. Although the country is landlocked, much of the southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.
The Twa, Tutsi, and Hutu peoples have occupied Burundi since the country's formation five centuries ago. Burundi was ruled as a kingdom by the Tutsi for over two hundred years. However, at the beginning of the twentieth century, Germany and Belgium occupied the region, and Burundi and Rwanda became a European colony known as Ruanda-Urundi.
Political unrest occurred throughout the region because of social differences between the Tutsi and Hutu, provoking civil war in Burundi throughout the middle twentieth century. Presently, Burundi is governed as a presidential representative democratic republic.
Burundi is one of the ten poorest countries in the world. It has one of the lowest per capita GDP of any nation in the world. Eggers, E., Historical Dictionary of Burundi, p. xlix. Burundi has a low gross domestic product largely due to civil wars, corruption, poor access to education, and the effects of HIV/AIDS. Burundi is densely populated, with substantial emigration. Cobalt and copper are among Burundi's natural resources. Some of Burundi's main exports include coffee and sugar.
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