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Malaysia is located at the heart of South-East Asia and is a lively multi-cultural country. It is well known as a dynamic tourist destination and also for its capital, Kuala Lumpur, which boasts some of the most spectacular architecture in the world (and some of the tallest buildings!). In recent years, Malaysia has opened up to foreigners of all nationalities, creating a dynamic environment in which to work and study.


One of the newly industrialised countries, Malaysia has a booming economy (annual growth is around 5%) which performed beyond expectations over the last two decades. Sectors such as services, manufacturing, agriculture, mining and construction have all experienced growth and this has been reflected by an increase in national spending.


Key Facts:


-Malaysia had 13 states and 3 federal territories, divided into Peninsular Malaysia (where 80% of the population lives) and the states of Sabah and Sarawak on the island of Borneo

-Parliamentary democrary

-Population: 28 million

-Main religion is Islam but other religions are well represented

-While Kuala Lumpur is the capital, the federal government is in Putrajaya

-5 main ethnic groups, hence several languages are commonly spoken (in addition to English)

-The climate is tropical with monsoon seasons (which will happen at different times of the year depending on which part of Malaysia you live)

-Peninsular Malaysia has a coastline which extends nearly 1,900km (1,200 miles)

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