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Capital Kuala Lumpur
Total Area 127,317.19 sq mi
329,750.00 sq km
(slightly larger than New Mexico)
Population 22,229,040 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 43,122,397
Languages Bahasa Melayu (official), English, Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai;
note: in addition, in East Malaysia several indigenous languages are spoken, the largest of which are Iban and Kadazan
Literacy 83.5% total, 89.1% male, 78.1% female (1995 est.)
Religions Islam, Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism;
note: in addition, Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia
Life Expectancy 68.48 male, 73.92 female (2001 est.)
Government Type constitutional monarchy
Currency 1 ringgit (M$) = 100 sen
GDP (per capita) $10,300 (2000 est.)
Industry Peninsular Malaysia - rubber and oil palm processing and manufacturing, light manufacturing industry, electronics, tin mining and smelting, logging and processing timber;
Sabah - logging, petroleum production;
Sarawak - agriculture processing, petroleum production and refining, logging
Agriculture Peninsular Malaysia - rubber, palm oil, cocoa, rice;
Sabah - subsistence crops, rubber, timber, coconuts, rice;
Sarawak - rubber, pepper; timber
Arable Land 3%
Natural Resources tin, petroleum, timber, copper, iron ore, natural gas, bauxite


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