Myanmar, also known as Burma, is a sovereign state in Southeast Asia. Myanmar is bordered by India and Bangladesh to its west, Thailand and Laos to its east and China to its north and northeast.

Its capital city is Naypyidaw, and its largest city and former capital is Yangon (Rangoon). 

Myanmar is divided into seven states and seven regions, formerly called divisions. The administrative divisions are further subdivided into districts, which are further subdivided into townships, wards, and villages.

The mountain chains divide Myanmar's three river systems, which are the Irrawaddy, Salween (Thanlwin), and the Sittaung rivers. 
Fertile plains exist in the valleys between the mountain chains. 
The majority of Myanmar's population lives in the Irrawaddy valley, which is situated between the Rakhine Yoma and the Shan Plateau.

Myanmar is a country rich in jade and gems, oil, natural gas and other mineral resources.

In 2011, the military junta was officially dissolved following a 2010 general election, and a nominally civilian government was installed.

Myanmar has been a member of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) since 1997.