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Malaysia

Flag: Malaysia
Geography
 
Location:Peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea and south of Vietnam
Area:Total: 329,750 sq km Land: 328,550 sq km Water: 1,200 sq km
Land boundaries:Total: 2,669 km It has borders with Brunei 381 km, Indonesia 1,782 km, Thailand 506 km
Map: Malaysia
Climate:Tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons
People
 
Population:24,821,286 (July 2007 est.)
Age structure:0-14 years: 32.2% (male 4,118,086/female 3,884,403) 15-64 years: 62.9% (male 7,838,166/female 7,785,833) 65 years and over: 4.8% (male 526,967/female 667,831) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.)
Religions:Muslim 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 2.6%, other or unknown 1.5%, none 0.8% (2000 census)
Languages:Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai note: in East Malaysia there are several indigenous languages; most widely spoken are Iban and Kadazan
Government
 
Government type:Constitutional monarchy
Capital:Kuala Lumpur
Independence:31 August 1957 (from UK)
Legal system:Based on the English common law
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$313.2 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$12,800 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 8.8% industry: 47.1% services: 44.1% (2006 est.)
Industries:Peninsular Malaysia - rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, light manufacturing, electronics, tin mining and smelting, logging, timber processing; Sabah - logging, petroleum production; Sarawak - agriculture processing, petroleum production and refining, logging
Currency (code):Ringgit (MYR)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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