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Countries of the World: Hong Kong
Resources about Hong Kong including maps, facts about the land, people, history, government, political conditions, and economy.

Economy of Hong Kong GDP (2009): $209.3 billion (at current market prices). GDP real growth rate (2009): negative 2.8%. Per capita GDP (2009): $29,879 (at current market prices). Natural resources: Deepwater harbor. Industry: Types--textiles, clothing, electronics, plastics, toys, watches, clocks. Trade (2009): Exports--$316.5 billion: clothing, electronics, textiles, watches and clocks, office machinery, electrical machinery, telecommunications equipment. Major partners-- Mainland China 51.1%, U.S. 11.6%, EU 7.1%, Japan 4.4%. Imports--$345.1 billion: consumer goods, raw materials and semi-manufactures, capital goods, foodstuffs, fuels. Major partners--Mainland China 46.4%, Japan 8.8%, Singapore 6.5%, Taiwan 6.5%, U.S. 5.3%.

Geography of Hong Kong Area: 1,104.3 sq. km.; Hong Kong comprises Hong Kong Island, Kowloon, the New Territories, and numerous small islands. Terrain: Hilly to mountainous, with steep slopes and a natural harbor. Climate: Tropical monsoon. Cool and humid in winter, hot and rainy in spring and summer, warm and sunny in fall.

Government of Hong Kong Type: Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China, with its own constitution-like charter (the Basic Law). Branches: Executive--Administration: Chief Executive selected in March 2007; Executive Council serves in an advisory role for the Chief Executive. Legislative--Legislative Council (LegCo) elected in September 2008. Judicial--Court of Final Appeal is the highest court; there are other lower courts. Subdivisions: Hong Kong, Kowloon, New Territories. Suffrage: Permanent residents 18 years or over who have lived in Hong Kong for the past seven years are eligible to vote in certain local elections and for LegCo members.

Map of Hong Kong This Map of Hong Kong shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)

Official Name of Hong Kong The Official Name of Hong Kong is the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)

People of Hong Kong Population (July 2010 est.): 7.089 million. Population growth rate (2010 est.): 0.476%. Ethnic groups: Chinese 95%; other 5%. Religions: About 43% participate in some form of religious practice. Languages: Cantonese (a dialect of Chinese) and English are official. Literacy: 97.1% (98.7% male, 95.4% female). Health (2009): Infant mortality rate--1.6/1,000. Life expectancy--83 yrs. (overall); 79.8 yrs. male, 86.1 yrs. female Work force (2009): 3.68 million. Work force (by occupation, 2008): Wholesale, retail, and import/export trades and restaurants and hotels--33.5%; finance, insurance, real estate, and business services--16.6%; manufacturing--4.6%.

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