Stretching from the Malay peninsula to the lush forests of Sarawak and Sabah, Malaysia is a diverse and dynamic nation at the heart of Southeast Asia.

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As its world-famous tourism campaign goes – this is Malaysia, truly Asia.

A multicultural state, Malaysia gained independence from British rule in 1957. Back then, it was known as the "Federation of Malaya" – composed only of 11 states.

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Vietnamese woman in Kim Jong-nam murder case freed

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COUNTRY PROFILE
MALAYSIA
Capital Kuala Lumpur
Land Area 330,252 sq km
Population 30,073,353 (2014 estimate)
Currency Ringgit
Demonym Malaysian
Government Federal Representative Democratic Constitutional Monarchy
Head of Government Dato' Sri Mohd Najib bin Tun Abdul Raazak
Independence September 16, 1963
National Anthem Negaraku (My Country)
Languages Malay, English, Chinese, Tamil
Religion Islam
Year of ASEAN Membership established ASEAN on August 8, 1967)
Human Development Index 0.769 (2012)
GDP per Capita US$9,941
Internet Subscribers 610 (per 1,000 persons)
Inflation Rate 3% (2011)
Urban Population 71% (2011)
Life Expectancy 74.5 years
Tourist Arrival 24,714,000