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Country Conventional Name:  Kingdom of Cambodia (Locally called Preahreacheanachakr Kampuchea).  In short by local: Kampuchea

Capital:  Phnompenh

Location:  Southeast Asia , bordering the Gulf of Thailand to the south, Thailand to the east, Vietnam to the West, and Laos to the North

Climate - Tropical

Rainy Season:   June to October

Cool Season: November to February

Hot Season: March to May

Monsoon season: May to November); Dry season (December to April) - Average Temperature:  32 degree Celsius

Size:   181,035 square kilometers, with coastal line of  443 km.

Population: 11,626,520 (1999)
Khmer 90%, Vietnamese 5%, and Chinese, Chams (Khmer Island/Muslims), Hilltribes, Chinese constituted remaining 5%

Population growth rate: 2.49% (1999 est.)

Birth rate: 41.05 births/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Death rate: 16.2 deaths/1,000 population (1999 est.)

Military Age:   18 years of age

Religion
Officially Theravada Buddhism 95%; others Islam and Christianity

Language
Officially Khmer - others: English, French, Chinese and Vietnamase

Literacy:   35% of total population

Time:  +7 GMT

Communication:   The handphone has become a necessity in Cambodia . Handphone numbers start with 011, 012, 015, 016 or 018. Phone cards can be bought at hotels post offices and supermarkets for use at public phones.

Economy (Estimated)

GDP: purchasing power parity—$7.8 billion (1998 est.)
Agriculture: 51%
Industry: 15%
Services: 34%

Inflation rate: 15% (1998)

Labor force: 2.5 million to 3 million

Labor force: agriculture 80%

Industries: rice milling, fishing, wood and wood products, rubber, cement, gem mining, textiles

Natural resources: Timber, gemstones, some iron ore, manganese, phosphates, hydropower potential


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