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  • February 10th, 2017
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The names for the country of Myanmar, Burma or Burma – background and current status change daily in the media. Enters almost every news and headlines every day between Burma, Burma, the terminology and designation of Myanmar isolated Myanmar. So, the German print media use mostly the term Burma (such as the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung and the mirror). Numerous news agencies have agreed, however, on Burma. Even though this may give the impression that it was to different countries, actually always the same country is meant. How does the country right now? Centuries long, it was the official name of Myanmar. First, it was renamed in the 19th century by the British in Burma. Because the British had made this country the part of their Indian colony.

The first Portuguese, then emerged in Burma, however, the country called Burma. in 1948, the country gained its independence and still called Burma, until 1989 the military Government renamed the country back its original name of Myanmar. It is therefore for the visitors today extremely confusing to find the old anglicized as well as the current (pre-colonial name). Since the current military junta has no legitimate basis, using the name Burma and Burma expresses an oppositional attitude. The United States and Australia hold about explicitly due to the disapproval of the military regime called Burma.

The United Nations, however, use also Myanmar. Myanmar on the map (image: summer fern.de) the inhabitants of the country are called Burmese and the Burmese language. The word burmanisch is used for the ethnic unity of the Burmese, providing about 70% of the population. Despite this confusion, Burma, Burma or Myanmar just as before is a very original destination. Who is planning a trip to Myanmar, should contact due to the many uncertainties to specialized and experienced experts.