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Malaysia is a Southeast Asian country occupying parts of the Malay Peninsula and the island of Borneo. It's known for its beaches, rainforests and mix of Malay, Chinese, Indian and European cultural influences. The capital, Kuala Lumpur, is home to colonial buildings, busy shopping districts such as Bukit Bintang and skyscrapers such as the iconic, 451m-tall Petronas Twin Towers.

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

Ethnic Groups: Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8%

Belief Systems: 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%


Population: 30.3 million people (World Rank: 44th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 238 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 118th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.59 %/yr (World Rank: 78th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 75 years (World Rank: 97th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 26.1 years (World Rank: 102nd) (2010 estimate)

Sites for More Information:

Map of Malaysia
Map from the University of Texas Library

United Nations Country Profile for Malaysia
Wikipedia Entry for Malaysia

Current News in Malaysia

Malaysia - Facts and Information 1
Columbia Encyclopedia Entry for Malaysia

Malaysia - Facts and Information 2
The World Factbook Entry for Malaysia

Culture and Tourism:

Malaysian Culture

Traveling to Malaysia 1
from travelnotes.org

Traveling to Malaysia 2

Events in Malaysia

Travel Guide for Malaysia
Wikitravel Entry for Malaysia

Language Resources:

Basic Malay and Indonesian Language Courses

Malay language, alphabets, and pronunciation
from omniglot.com

Malay Language Games
from digitaldialects.com

Learn Malay Online
from mylanguages.org

Government Related:

Embassy of Malaysia
in Washington D.C.

Government Websites of Malaysia
Directory of government Websites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger

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