Asia > Eastern Asia > Macau


Capital: Macau; GDP growth (annual %) 2016 : -2.1%
Key Facts
Territory: Macao SAR, China
Population: 543,600 (World Bank, 2010)
Area: 23.8 sq km (9 sq miles)
Major languages: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), Portuguese (both official)
Major religions: Buddhism, Christianity
Life expectancy: 79 (men), 84 (women) (UN)
Monetary unit: 1 pataca = 100 avos
Main exports: Clothing, textiles
GNI per capita: $40,030 (World Bank, 2009)
Internet domain: .mo
International dialling code: +853
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  • Outlook for 2013-14

    The country (Macau is situated in Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China.
    Land in Macau is generally flat.
    Chinese land covers an area of 28.2 square kilometers which is less than-sixth the size of Washington, DC
    The climate is subtropical; marine with cool winters, warm summers.
    Chinese speak Cantonese 87.9%, Hokkien 4.4%, Mandarin 1.6%, other Chinese dialects 3.1%, other 3% (2001 census).

    Outlook for 2012-13

    Fernando Chui was installed as Macau's chief executive in December 2009. During his-year term Mr Chui's major priorities will be to address rising public discontent and tackle corruption. He will as well need to introduce measures to diversify the economy, which has become overly dependent on the gambling sector.