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Cambodia General Info
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Area

69,898 square miles (181,035 square kilometers).

Population

11,437,656 (official estimate 1998).

Population Density

63.2 per square kilometer.

Capital

Phnom Penh.

Population

999,804 (1998).

Geography

Cambodia shares borders with Laos, Thailand, in the east with Vietnam and in the southwest with the Gulf of Thailand. The landscape is mostly tropical rainforest and fertile cultivated land traversed by numerous rivers. The northeast area is known as the highlands. Phnom Penh is situated at the junction of the Mekong and Tonle Sap rivers. The latter's source is from a large inland lake, also called Tonle Sap, located in the centre of the country. There are a number of offshore islands along the southwest coast.

Government

Constitutional monarchy since 1993.

Head of State: King Norodom Sihanouk since 1993.

Head of Government: Prime Minister Hun Sen since 1998.

Language

The official language is Khmer and is spoken by 95% of the population. Chinese and Vietnamese are also spoken. Until the arrival of the Pol Pot regime French was widely spoken, but English is now a more popular language to learn among the younger generation.

Religion

95% Buddhist (Theravada), the remainder Muslim and Christian. In the late 1980s Buddhism was reinstated as the national religion after a ban on religious activity in 1975.

Time

GMT plus 7 hours.

Electricity

220 volts AC, 50Hz. Power cuts and brown outs are frequent. Outside Phnom Penh, electrical power is available usually in the evenings from 6.30 - 9.30 pm.
Useful travel links
About Cambodia about Cambodia
Cambodia Information Cambodia Information Center web site
Ministry of Tourism Ministry of Tourism-Cambodia web site
Tourism-Cambodia Tourism in Cambodia