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flag Malaysia Malaysia: Introduction

Capital: Kuala Lumpur


Total Population: 29,716,965
Natural Increase: 1.6%
Density: 90 Inhabitants/km²
Urban Population: 73.3%
Population of main cities including suburbs: Kuala Lumpur (5,470,000); Kelang (630,000); Johor Bahru (630,000); Ipoh (570,000); Petaling Jaya (440,000).
Ethnic Origins: Malays 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, Natives 11%, Indians 7.1%, Others 7.8%.
Official Language: Malay
Other Languages Spoken: The Chinese speak Cantonese, Hakka and Hokkien. Most Indians speak Tamil. English is an inter-ethnic link, especially in the middle classes. The Dayaks use many dialects.
Business Language(s): English
Religion: Muslims 52.7%, Buddhists 16.7%, Christians 6.8%, Hindus 6.7%, Others 17.1%.
Literacy Rate: 88.7%

Local Time:

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National Currency: Malaysian Ringgit (MYR)

Country Overview

Area: 330,800 km²
Type of State:  Federal state with constitutional elective monarchy. 13 states which enjoy a fair amount of federal decentralization.
Type of Economy: Upper-middle-income economy, Emerging Financial Market.
A country specialized in the export of electronic goods and components.
HDI*: 0.773/1
HDI (World Rank): 62/187

Note: (*) The HDI, Human Development Index, is an Indicator Which Synthesizes Several Data Such as Life Expectancy, Level of Education, Professional Careers, Access to Culture etc.


Telephone Code:
To Make a Call From Malaysia, Dial 00
To Make a Call to Malaysia, Dial +60
Internet Suffix: .my
Computers: 23.1 per 100 Inhabitants
Telephone Lines: 15.7 per 100 Inhabitants
Internet Users: 65.8 per 100 Inhabitants
Access to Electricity: 99.4% of the Population

Foreign Trade in Figures

Foreign Trade Indicators 20092010201120122013
Imports of Goods (million USD) 123,832164,622187,473196,393206,014
Exports of Goods (million USD) 157,433198,612228,086227,388228,276
Imports of Services (million USD) 27,25732,07637,71441,96943,936
Exports of Services (million USD) 28,72731,71335,76037,53439,201

Source: WTO - World Trade Organization - Last Available Data.

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