Country: Malaysia

Population: 24,821,286

Capital: Kuala Lumpur

Time Zone: UTC+8

Currency Name: ringgit (MYR)

Government Type: Constitutional monarchy

Languages: Bahasa Malaysia (official), English, Chinese (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai

Ethnic Breakdown: Malay 50.4%, Chinese 23.7%, indigenous 11%, Indian 7.1%, others 7.8%

Religion: Muslim 60.4%, Buddhist 19.2%, Christian 9.1%, Hindu 6.3%, Confucianism, Taoism, other traditional Chinese religions 2.6%, other or unknown 1.5%, none 0.8%

Major Cities: Kuala Lumpur, Kuching

Phone Country Code: 60

Health Concerns: high risk of food, waterborne and vectorborne diseases (diarrhea, Hepatitis A, typhoid fever, dengue fever, malaria)

Official Tourism Website: http://www.visitmalaysia.com/

High Travel Season: no peak season

Voltage: 240 V - 50 Hz

Electrical Plug Type: g

Major Holidays: January 1 (New Year's Day), Chinese New Year, May 1 (Labor Day), Wesak Day, King's Birthday, August 31 (National Day), Deepavali, December 25 (Christmas Day)

Misc Fact / Good to Know: Malaysia's motto is Unity is Strength.