Country: HONG KONG, CHINA (SAR)hong kong

Capital: Victoria

Geographic Coordinates: 22 15 N, 114 10 E

Population: 7,089,705 (July 2010 est.)

Main Religion: Eclectic mixture of local religions 90%, Christian 10%  

Language: Chinese (Cantonese)

Government Type: Limited democracy

Head of State: President of China HU Jintao (since 15 March 2003); Chief Executive Donald TSANG Yam-kuen

Main Industries:   textiles, clothing, tourism, banking, shipping, electronics, plastics, toys, watches, clocks

GDP in US Dollars (per capita): $42,700 (2009 est.)  

Currency Code: Hong Kong dollar (HKD)

Life Expectancy: 79 years (men), 84 years (women)  

Environment - current issues: Air and water pollution from rapid urbanization

Issues facing Women and Children:  Many of the city's women are financially independent and no longer think of marriage in terms of economic security. A rising divorce rate can probably also be attributed to the growing assertiveness of Hong Kong women.

Land Mine Ban Treaty: N

Local Media: Press: Hong Kong Standard, The Sun, Oriental Daily, South China Morning Post; Radio and TV:  Television Broadcasts Limited (TVB), Asia Television Ltd (ATV), Cable TV (CTVHK)

Interesting Fact:  While Hong Kong is a recognised global centre of trade, its most famous export is its entertainment industry, particularly in the martial arts genre which gained a high level of popularity in the late 1960s and 1970s. Several Hollywood performers have originated from Hong Kong cinema, notably Bruce Lee, Chow Yun-Fat, and Jackie Chan. Hong Kong has the world's greatest number of skyscrapers, at 7,558.

Famous for: shopping, Victoria Peak, Tsim Sha Tsui Clock Tower, Hong Kong Disneyland, Jackie Chan, Li Ka-shing, Gordon Wu


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