- Burma was a British colony between 1886 and 1948
- The military government changed the name from Burma to Myanmar in 1989. Many countries, including the UK, do not recognise the change.
- Its 2010 election was widely seen as unfair but brought in a nominally civilian government under President Thein sein.
- It is one of the poorest countries in Asia
- Reporters Without Borders ranked Burma among the 10 worst countries for press freedom
The Prime Minister said he would agree to a suspension of sanctions against Burma during a historic visit to the former colony
The democracy activist Aung San Suu Kyi lived in the UK before becoming the head of the Burmese opposition movement.
Early this morning David Cameron will set foot in a country no British Prime Minister has visited for more than six decades.