Travel Information for Burundi
Time zone:GMT +2 (Central Africa time) Daylight savings:    None
Main languages:French, Kirundi, Swahili
Currency: Burundi francs (BIF)

1 = FBu1889, $1 = FBu1692, £1 = FBu2251

(rates as of Sep 2016)

Internet Domain:.biInternational Dialling Code:    25

For help planning your trip to Burundi including visas, vaccinations, currency exchange, flights, accomodation and insurance, see our Burundi trip planning page.

Further information on Burundi

Discover more about Burundi - the country's geogrpahy and natural features, an assessment of its status on freedom and rights and data on the country's population and economy.

Geography & Natural Features

Map of burundi

Total area: 27,830 sq km (2,180 sq km under water)

Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)

Neighbours (border lengths): Democratic Republic of the Congo (233km), Rwanda (290km), Tanzania (451km)

Climate: Equatorial climate with cooler temperatures in mountainous regions and more humid in lowlands. There are two wet seasons (February to May and September to November), and two dry seasons (June to August and December to January).

Highest mountain: Heha (2,670m)

Freedom & Rights

Summary status and rankings for Burundi from classifications of different organisations measuring political and economic freedom, democracy and civil rights. See more details of these rankings.

Freedom in the WorldNot Free -
Democracy IndexAuthoritarian regime 134/167
Economic FreedomMostly Unfree 132/179
Press FreedomDifficult situation 143/179
ILGA LGBT rightsNo rights -
Corruption PerceptionsHigh corruption 159/174
Overall Ranking:    174/195

Other Data & Links

Full name: Republic of Burundi     Status: Independent Country

Population: 10,395,931 (rank: 85/196)     Density: 373.5 people/sq km (rank: 21/196)

Ethnic groups: Hutu (Bantu) 85%, Tutsi (Hamitic) 14%, Twa (Pygmy) 1%, Europeans 3,000, South Asians 2,000

Religions: Christian 67% (Roman Catholic 62%, Protestant 5%), indigenous beliefs 23%, Muslim 10%

GDP (PPP): $5.75 billion       GDP per capita: $600 (rank: 192/195)

Information derived from the CIA World Factbook. Other country profiles: BBC News.