Facts About Malaysia
- Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-cultural country. Along with the many indigenous cultures, substantial influences from Chinese, Indian, Persian, Arabic, and British cultures have taken place.
- Malaysia shares land borders with Thailand, Indonesia, and Brunei, and is linked to Singapore by a causeway and bridge.
- Malaysia is made up of two main landmasses, Peninsular Malaysia and Malaysian Borneo, they are separated by the South China Sea.
- The official language of Malaysia is Malaysian. English remains a widely used second language, and there are also many other indigenous languages spoken.
- The largest city and capital of Malaysia is Kuala Lumpur.
- Malaysia has a population of over 29 million people (29,628,392) as of July 2013.
- The Petronas Towers are twin skyscrapers in Kuala Lumpur. They were the tallest buildings in the world from 1998 to 2004 and are still regarded as the worlds tallest 'twin' buildings.
- The national day of Malaysia is called Hari Merdeka. It occurs on August 31 each year to celebrate Malaysia's independence from British colonial rule in 1957.
- The currency of Malaysia is called the Ringgit. The word ringgit means "jagged" in Malay, which refers to the jagged edges of Spanish silver dollars that used to be used in the region.
- Mount Kinabalu in the Crocker Ranges, is the tallest mountain in Malaysia at 4,095 m (13,436 ft) above sea level.
- The world's largest discovered cave chamber (single room) is the Sarawak Chamber, in the Gunung Mulu National Park, Malaysia.
- Malaysia is one of 17 megadiverse countries on Earth. It is estimated that Malaysia contains 20% of the world's animal species.
- There are a total of 28 national parks in Malaysia.
- The national animal of Malaysia is the endangered Malayan tiger.
- Traditional Malaysian artworks include caved wooden masks, handwoven baskets, and silverworks.
- The national drink of Malaysia is a hot milk tea called Teh tari, and the national dish is called Nasi lemak, it is a fragrant rice dish cooked in coconut milk, often served wrapped in a banana leaf, and usually eaten for breakfast.
- Popular sports played in Malaysia include football, badminton, field hockey, bowls, tennis, squash, martial arts, sailing, horse riding, and skateboarding.
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