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Malaysia Country Information

Malaysia

About Malaysia

Geography

Malaysia is like two countries in one, cleaved in half by the South China Sea. The multicultural peninsula boasts Malay, Chinese and Indian influences, while Borneo is full of wild jungle – orang-utans, granite peaks and remote tribes – perfect for lovers of wildlife. Geographically, Malaysia is very diverse with 11 states and 2 federal territories.

The population is 30,274,000, apparently the 41st most populated country in the world.
The capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.

Politics

Malaysia is a federal representative democratic constitutional monarchy, in which the Yang di-Pertuan Agong is head of state and the Prime Minister of Malaysia is the head of government.

Economy & Tourism

Malaysia has a newly industrialised, open and state-oriented market economy. The state plays a significant, but declining role in guiding economic activity through macroeconomic plans. In 2012, the economy of Malaysia was the third largest economy in South East Asia.

Language

Malaysian Malay is the official language of Malaysia.

Religion

Roughly 61.3% of Malaysians practice Islam, 19.8 percent Buddhism, 9.2 percent Christianity, 6.3 percent Hinduism and 1.3 percent traditional Chinese religions.

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