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Burundi , officially the Republic of Burundi, is a small country in Eastern Africa bordered by the Democratic Republic of the Congo to the west, Rwanda to the north, and Tanzania to the south and east. A landlocked country,  much of the southwestern border is adjacent to Lake Tanganyika.

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.

Burundi is one of the ten poorest countries in the world.  Due to civil wars, Burundi has a low gross domestic product, unstable population growth, and sparse resources. Cobalt and copper are among Burundi's natural resources. Some of Burundi's main exports include coffee and sugar.

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Country Population: 3,589,434
Country Capital: Bujumbura
Country Currency: Burundi franc

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