Where is Cambodia?

Located in Cambodia, Cambodia has a 2,530.00 km border with Laos (555 km), Thailand (817 km) and Vietnam (1,158 km). It has a 443.00 km coastline. Cambodia and Thailand dispute sections of their boundary together.

Phnom Penh is the capital city of Cambodia as well as the cultural, economic, and industrial center of the nation. The city has been the capital since the country became a French Protectorate in the 1860s. The city is home to around 1.5 million people. It is popular with tourists. The climate of the city is classified as a tropical wet and dry climate and temperatures are hot throughout the year. The rainy season lasts from May through October, and the dry season lasts from November until April.

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Cambodia is an Asian country covering 181,035.00 km2 of which 2.50% is water and 176,515.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 88th largest country in the world and one and a half times the size of Pennsylvania; slightly smaller than Oklahoma. Its geographic coordinates are 13 00 N, 105 00 E and Phnom Penh is the capital city.

The English name "Cambodia" is an anglicization of the French "Cambodge", which is a French transliteration of the native name "Kampuchea".

Its ISO code is KH.

Geography

Cambodia has a mean elevation of 126 m above sea level.

It has a tropical climate with a monsoon season from May to November and a dry season from December to April. Its terrain is mostly low with some mountains in the southwest and north.

Population

Cambodia has a population of 15,957,223 making it the 68th largest in the world. The country's population is concentrated heavily around Phnom Penh in the southeast.

Khmer is the official language. The majority ethnic group is Khmer. The population is mostly Buddhist.

The primary and official language of Cambodia is known as Khmer, a dialect which has different dialects depending on region. This language is also a recognized minority language in the neighbouring countries of Vietnam and Thailand. Since 1993, English has slowly replaced French as the main language for Cambodian international relations. Many classes in Cambodian high schools and universities are taught in English, and the English language also appears on postage stamps and currency. There are many minority languages within Cambodia including Cham, Vietnamese, Tumpoon, Lao, Jarai, Yue Chinese, and Teochew Chinese, as well as indigenous languages predominantly found in rural areas of the country.

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The dialing code for the country is 855.

Government

Cambodia is an independent country. It gained independence from France in 1953. Its constitution was last ratified in 1993.

The political system of Cambodia is heralded by the state as a multi-party democracy. However, it has been accused of being a controlled system. The national elections of Cambodia are held every five years. The Parliament of the Kingdom of Cambodia is located is Phnom Penh which is the capital and most populous city of the country.

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Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Cambodia's GDP is $58,940,000,000.00 (USD) with $3,700.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 105th largest economy and its citizens the 173rd richest in the world. The currency of Cambodia is the Riels (KHR).

Its major export partners are the United States, United Kingdom, and Germany. Its main exports are clothing, timber, rubber, rice, and fish. Its major import partners are Thailand, China, and Vietnam. Its major imports include petroleum products, cigarettes, gold, and construction materials.

Flag

Cambodia's flag was adopted in 1948, and again in 1993, after civil conflict had stopped. The 1:2:1 ratio of blue-red-blue striping on the flag as well as the important religious temple of Angkor Wat make up one of the world's most unique flags. This flag is only one of two on the planet to feature a building on it. The origins of this flag can be traced back to the time just after the Siamese-Vietnamese War (1841-1845), but the original designer is unknown.

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This page was last modified on January 17th, 2018