Macao
in Eastern Asia
Asia

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Location Summary
Currency and Currency Code:
Pataca - MOP
Spoken languages:
Chinese, Chinese, Portuguese
Local electricity:
Mobile phone / cellular frequencies (MHz):
900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 3G, 4G
ISO 2-Letter code:
MO
Internet top level domain:
.mo
Country phone prefix:
+853
Local Time (capital):
Timezone:
UTC/GMT offset: hours

Explore Macao

Macao with its capital Macau is located in Asia (Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China). It covers some 29 square kilometers (less than one-sixth the size of Washington, DC) with a population of 601,969. Chinese, Chinese and Portuguese are some of the languages spoken by the majority in Macao (consider regional differences). There are no land based border this country shares with any other country.

Macao is a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of China. Located across the Pearl River estuary from Hong Kong, until 1999 Macau was an overseas territory of Portugal. Besides the city itself, Macau includes the islands of Taipa and Coloane, which are connected to Macau by bridges and to each other by a causeway, now built up into the Cotai Strip. Although best known for gambling, Macau is extremely rich in attractions and oozing with atmosphere, thanks to hundreds of years of fusion between European and Chinese cultures. Macau is a fascinating place to just walk around as the place is packed with churches, temples, fortresses and other old buildings bearing an interesting mix of Portuguese and Chinese characteristics.

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Popular Destinations in Macao

Administrative regions of Macao

About the country

The terrain is generally flat. The average density of population is about 21,346 per km². The climate in Macao can be described as subtropical with marine with cool winters, warm summers. Possible natural disasters include typhoons.

To reach someone Macao dial +853 prior to a number. The local cellular networks are operated on 900 MHz, 1800 MHz, 3G, 4G. Websites typically end with the top level domain ".mo". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery chaarger), keep in min the local . The sign for the locally used currency Pataca is MOP.

Green with a lotus flower above a stylized bridge and water in white, beneath an arc of five gold, five-pointed stars: one large in the center of the arc and two smaller on either side; the lotus is the floral emblem of Macau, the three petals represent the peninsula and two islands that make up Macau; the five stars echo those on the flag of China.

Flag of Macao

Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the subsequent 50 years.

Geography

Area
Total (World Rank: 231) 28sq km
Land (World Rank: 229) 28sq km
Comparative less than one-sixth the size of Washington, DC
Coastline
41
Landborder
3
Elevation
Highest point (World Rank: 214) 172m
Map reference
Southeast Asia
Environment
Issues
  • - air pollution
  • - coastal waters pollution
  • - increasing population density worsening noise pollution
  • - insufficient policies in reducing and recycling solid wastes
Agreement party
  • - Marine Dumping (associate member)
  • - Ship Pollution (associate member)
Hazzards typhoons
Location
Eastern Asia, bordering the South China Sea and China
Climate
subtropical; marine with cool winters, warm summers
Terrain
generally flat

People

Population
Total (World Rank: 169) 601,969
Deathrate (World Rank: 203) 0.45%
Birthrate (World Rank: 211) 0.86%
Growthrate (World Rank: 142) 0.70%
Migration rate (World Rank: 31) 0.33%
Fertility rate (World Rank: 220) 0.95%
Median age
Male (World Rank: 47) 39.10
Female (World Rank: 64) 38.50
Age structure
0 14 male (World Rank: 175) 44,133
0 14 female (World Rank: 177) 40,764
15 24 male (World Rank: 173) 37,194
15 24 female (World Rank: 175) 33,418
25 54 male (World Rank: 166) 134,244
25 54 female (World Rank: 162) 167,318
55 64 male (World Rank: 157) 40,837
55 64 female (World Rank: 156) 40,423
65 x male (World Rank: 157) 29,764
65 x female (World Rank: 159) 33,874
Health
Infant mortality rate (World Rank: 210) 0.31%
Life expectancy total (World Rank: 4) 85years
Life expectancy female (World Rank: 4) 88years
Life expectancy male (World Rank: 4) 82years
Physicians per 1000 (World Rank: 38) 3.11

Energy

Electricity
Production (World Rank: 163) 600,000,000kWh
Consumption (World Rank: 124) 4,500,000,000kWh
Import (World Rank: 45) 4,100,000,000kWh
Source fossil (World Rank: 6) 100.00%
Refined products
Consumption (World Rank: 156) 11,000bbl / day
Import (World Rank: 140) 10,750bbl / day
Natural gas
Consumption (World Rank: 114) 355,000
Import (World Rank: 2) 0
Carbon footprint
1800000

Nation

Budget
Education (World Rank: 164) 2% of GDP
Surplus (World Rank: 6) 6% of GDP
National symbol
lotus blossom
National colours
yellow
Adjective
Chinese
Noun
Chinese
Background
Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a "high degree of autonomy" in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the subsequent 50 years.
Flag description
green with a lotus flower above a stylized bridge and water in white, beneath an arc of five gold, five-pointed stars: one large in the center of the arc and two smaller on either side; the lotus is the floral emblem of Macau, the three petals represent the peninsula and two islands that make up Macau; the five stars echo those on the flag of China

Economy

Gdp
Purchasing power parity (World Rank: 103) 62,570,000,000USD
Real growth rate (World Rank: 208) -4.00%
Per capita purchasing power parity (World Rank: 6) 95,100USD
Source industry (World Rank: 195) 12.20%
Source service (World Rank: 10) 87.80%
Labourforce
Total (World Rank: 158) 397,800
Products
Industries
  • - clothing
  • - electronics
  • - footwear
  • - gambling
  • - textiles
  • - tourism
  • - toys
Agriculture fishing
Exports
  • - clothing
  • - electronics
  • - footwear
  • - machinery
  • - parts
  • - textiles
  • - toys
Imports
  • - beverages
  • - capital goods
  • - consumer goods (foodstuffs
  • - footwear
  • - garments
  • - mineral fuels
  • - motor vehicles)
  • - oils
  • - raw materials
  • - semi-manufactured goods
  • - tobacco

Communication

Phone
Landline per 100 (World Rank: 70) 24.00
Mobile per 100 (World Rank: 2) 320
Assessment 0
Internet
Users (World Rank: 148) 460,000
Population (World Rank: 53) 77.60%

Transport

Air
Airports paved (World Rank: 212) 1.00
Heliports (World Rank: 52) 2.00
Road
Total length (World Rank: 199) 424
Paved length (World Rank: 162) 424

Popular places in this country

This is a list of famous places in this country in alphabetical order.