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Country name conventional long form: Macau Special Administrative Region
conventional short form: Macau
local long form: Aomen Tebie Xingzhengqu (Chinese); Regiao Administrativa Especial de Macau (Portuguese)
local short form: Aomen (Chinese); Macau (Portuguese)
Gevernment typelimited democracy
Capital name: Kabul
geographic coordinates: 34 31 N, 69 12 E
time difference: UTC+4.5 (9.5 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Flag descriptionlight green with a lotus flower above a stylized bridge and water in white, beneath an arc of five gold, five-pointed stars: one large in center of arc and four smaller
Currencypataca (MOP)
Internet country code.mo
Ports and terminalsMacau
Agriculture productsonly 2% of land area is cultivated, mainly by vegetable growers; fishing, mostly for crustaceans, is important; some of the catch is exported to Hong Kong
Industriestourism, gambling, clothing, textiles, electronics, footwear, toys
Geography
LocationEastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China
Coordinates22 10 N, 113 33 E
ContinentSoutheast Asia
Area total: 28.2 sq km
land: 28.2 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Boundaries total: 0.34 km
regional border: China 0.34 km
Coastline41 km
Climatesubtropical; marine with cool winters, warm summers
Terraingenerally flat
Natural resourcesNEGL
Natural hazardstyphoons
People
Population453,125 (July 2006 est.)
Ethnic groupsChinese 95.7%, Macanese (mixed Portuguese and Asian ancestry) 1%, other 3.3% (2001 census)
ReligionsBuddhist 50%, Roman Catholic 15%, none and other 35% (1997 est.)
LanguagesCantonese 87.9%, Hokkien 4.4%, Mandarin 1.6%, other Chinese dialects 3.1%, other 3% (2001 census)

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