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   Macau

Introduction:
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 (SAR) of China on 20 December 1999. China has promised that, under its 'one country, two systems' formula, China's socialist economic system will not be practiced in Macau, and that Macau will enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign and defense affairs for the next 50 years.


Official name: Macau Special Administrative Region
Capital:
Government type: limited democracy
Population: 456,989 (July 2007 est.)
Languages: Cantonese 87.9%, Hokkien 4.4%, Mandarin 1.6%, other Chinese dialects 3.1%, other 3% (2001 census)
Official Currency: Macau Pataca (MOP)
Currency code: MOP
Area: total: 28.2 sq km
land: 28.2 sq km
water: 0 sq km
Climate: subtropical; marine with cool winters, warm summers


Map of Macau
map of Macau


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People
Government
Economy
Communications
Transportation
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Climate
Current Time
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Notes and Commentary
People
Economy
Government and Political Conditions
Historical Highlights
Foreign Relations
Relations with U.S.





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