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25 February, 2021updated 30 Oct 2021 05:00

Investing in Myanmar: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Myanmar.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Myanmar has a population of 54.8 million, making it the 27th largest country in the world by this measure. There are 48.2% males and 51.8% females.

There are 24.1 million people employed in Myanmar, with an unemployment rate of 1.8% – 450,890 people.


Myanmar is the 196th largest economy in the world with a GDP of $74bn.

As of 2017 there were 771,321 students in tertiary education in Myanmar, with 4 million students in secondary and 5.4 million in primary education. Myanmar spent 2.1% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Myanmar ranked 165th in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 171st. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2015), Myanmar finished 131st, after ranking 131st in 2014.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $794m and private healthcare expenditure equalled $2.9bn in 2018.

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