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Property Facts About Malaysia

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Research and Facts about Malaysia (from CIA World Factbook)

Country Name:



Southeastern Asia, peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, bordering Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam


329,750 sq km


328,550 sq km


1,200 sq km

Land Boundaries:

2,669 km

Border Countries:

Brunei 381 km, Indonesia 1,782 km, Thailand 506 km


4,675 km (Peninsular Malaysia 2,068 km, East Malaysia 2,607 km)


Tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons


Coastal plains rising to hills and mountains


Strategic location along Strait of Malacca and southern South China Sea


24,385,858 (July 2006 est.)

Age Structure

0-14 Years:

32.6% (male 4,093,859/female 3,862,730)

15-64 Years:

62.6% (male 7,660,680/female 7,613,537)

65 Years and Over:

4.7% (male 509,260/female 645,792) (2006 est.)

Average Age


24.1 years


23.6 years


24.8 years (2006 est.)

Ethnic Groups:

Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, Indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8% (2004 est.)


Muslim, Buddhist, Daoist, Hindu, Christian, Sikh; note - in addition, Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia



Bahasa Melayu (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



Constitutional monarchy


Kuala Lumpur


13 states (negeri-negeri, singular - negeri) Johor, Kedah, Kelantan, Melaka, Negeri Sembilan, Pahang, Perak, Perlis, Pulau Pinang, Sabah, Sarawak, Selangor, and Terengganu; and one federal territory (wilayah persekutuan) with three components, city of Kuala Lumpur, Labuan, and Putrajaya


31 August 1957 (from UK)




GDP Growth Rate:

5.2% (2005 est.)

Labour Occupations:

agriculture: 14.5%
industry: 36%
services: 49.5% (2000 est.)

Unemployment Rate:

3.6% (2005 est.)

Inflation Rate:

3% (2005 est.)

Agriculture Produce:

Peninsular Malaysia - rubber, palm oil, cocoa, rice; Sabah - subsistence crops, rubber, timber, coconuts, rice; Sarawak - rubber, pepper, timber



total: 1,890 km
standard gauge: 57 km 1.435-m gauge (57 km electrified)
narrow gauge: 1,833 km 1.000-m gauge (150 km electrified) (2005)


total: 71,814 km
paved: 55,943 km
unpaved: 15,871 km (2001)


117 (2006), 37 paved and 80 unpaved

Ports & Harbours:

Bintulu, Johor, Labuan, Lahad Datu, Lumut, Miri, George Town (Penang), Port Kelang, Tanjung Pelepas


Mains Telephones:

4.366 million (2005)

Mobile Telephones:

19.545 million (2005)

Television Stations:

mainland Malaysia 51; Sabah 16; Sarawak 21; note - many are low power stations (2006)

Internet Users:

11.016 million (2005)

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