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Malaysia is located in Southeastern Asia on a peninsula bordering Thailand and northern one-third of the island of Borneo, Indonesia, Brunei, and the South China Sea, south of Vietnam.

Climate: Tropical; annual southwest (April to October) and northeast (October to February) monsoons.

Population: 28,274,729 (July 2010 est.)

Currency: Ringgits (MYR)

Exchange Rates: Ringgits (MYR) per US dollar - 3.2182 (2010), 3.5246 (2009), 3.33 (2008)

Time Zone: MST (UTC+8)

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai.

Visitors Web site: http://www.tourism.gov.my/

Other Information

  • Biodiverse range of flora and fauna
  • Major manufacturing hub in the region
  • Formerly a British colony, now occupied by an internationally diverse population