Temples in Sunseet

CAMBODIA

About Cambodia

Cambodia is a Southeast Asian nation whose landscape spans low-lying plains, the Mekong Delta, mountains and Gulf of Thailand coastline.

 

Phnom Penh, its capital, is home to the art deco Central Market, glittering Royal Palace and the National Museum's historical and archaeological exhibits. In the country's northwest are the ruins of Angkor Wat, a massive stone temple complex built during the Khmer Empire

  • Area: 181,035 km².

  • Population: 16.2 million (33% between 1 and 14 years old).

  • Capital : Phnom Penh.

  • Religion: Buddhism.

  • Political system : constitutional monarchy with authoritarian tendencies.

  • King : Norodom Sihamoni (since 2005).

  • Prime Minister : Hun Sen (from 1985 to 1993 and continuously since 1998).

  • Languages: Khmer, French (language of administrative writing), English and Vietnamese.

  • Currency : the riel (and also, in practice, the US dollar).

  • Special features: 70% of the population is under 30 years old; 1/7th of the roads are paved.

  • Highest point: Phnom Aoral (1,813 m).

  • Average salary: $120.

  • Human Development Index: 146th (582) out of 189 countries.

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