Country: Macaumacau

Capital: NA

Geographic Coordinates: 22 10 N, 113 33 E

Population:567,957 (July 2010 est.)

Main Religion: Buddhism, Roman Catholic

Language: Chinese (mainly Cantonese), Portuguese (both official)

Government Type: limited democracy

Head of State: President of China HU Jintao (since 15 March 2003); Chief Executive Edmund HO Hau-wah

Main Industries:  tourism, gambling, clothing, textiles, electronics, footwear, toys

GDP in US Dollars (per capita): $33,000 (2009)

Currency Code: Pataca (MOP)

Life Expectancy: 78 (men), 82 (women) (UN)

Environment - current issues: NA

Issues facing Women and Children: Macau is a transit and destination territory for women trafficked for the purpose of commercial sexual exploitation; most females in Macau's sizeable sex industry come from the interior regions of China or Mongolia, though a significant number also come from Russia, Eastern Europe, Thailand, and Vietnam; the majority of women in Macau's prostitution trade appear to have entered Macau and the sex trade voluntarily, though there is evidence that some are deceived or coerced into sexual servitude, often through the use of debt bondage.

Land Mine Ban Signatory: N

Local Media: Press: Macau Daily News, Va Kio Daily, Hoje Macau; Radio and TV: Teledifusao Macau, Radio Macau

Interesting Fact: Although it is part of China, Macau is governed under the "one country, two systems" principle, under which it has a large degree of autonomy. It is also the preferred destination for corrupt Chinese officials to launder "dirty money".

Famous for: Ruins of St. Paul's, Vulcania, Aladdin's Fort, Monte Fort, macau Tower, Stanley Ho, casinos and gambiling, Portuguese egg tarts, almond cookies, Macau Grand Prix


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