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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
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
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
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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