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Hong Kong

Capital: Hong Kong; GDP growth (annual %) 2016: 2.0%
Key Facts

Territory: Hong Kong
Status: Special administrative region of China
Population: 7 million (World Bank, 2010)
Area: 1,098 sq km (424 sq miles)
Major languages: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), English (both official)
Major religions: Buddhism, Taoism
Life expectancy: 80 (men), 86 (women)
Monetary unit: Hong Kong dollar
Main exports: Electrical and electronic goods, clothing
GNI per capita: $32,780 (World Bank, 2010)
Internet domain: .hk
International dialling code: +852

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  • Outlook for 2013-15

    The country (Hong Kong) is situated in Eastern Asia, on the border of the South China Sea and China.
    Chinese/Hong Kong land covers an area of 1092 km² which is times the size of Washington, DC
    The climate is subtropical monsoon and cool and humid in winter and hot and rainy from spring through summer, warm and sunny in fall.
    Chinese/Hong Konger speak Chinese (Cantonese), English; both are official.
    China country profile, Travel advice for Hong Kong S.A.R., China

    Leung Chun-ying was chosen as Hong Kong's chief executive in 2012 despite opposition from a lot of members of the territory's bureaucratic and business elites. Mr Leung has pledged to tackle growing social inequality and to provide additional low-cost housing, but his government will struggle to meet popular expectations. The pro-democracy camp will continue to criticise the chief executive on several fronts. Budget surpluses will be posted in 2013-17, with inflows from land sales boosting government revenue.