Burundi, the 'heart' of Africa, covers 27,834 km² with a population of almost 8.7 million. Although the country is landlocked, much of the south-western border lies along Lake Tanganyika, one of the deepest lakes in the world.
Burundi is one of the ten least developed countries in the world and it has the lowest per capita GDP in the world. Cobalt and copper are among the nation's natural resources. Other resources include coffee, sugar and tea.