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country profile. Macau. geography. MACAU peninsula. TAIPA island. COLOANE island. 25.4 square km. population. Population: 445,286 (2004 estimate: CIA world factbook) UK: 60,094,648 Density: 17,530 per square km UK: 245/square km

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country profile

Macau


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geography

MACAU

peninsula

TAIPA island

COLOANE island

  • 25.4 square km


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population

  • Population: 445,286(2004 estimate: CIA world factbook)UK: 60,094,648

  • Density: 17,530 per square km UK: 245/square km

  • The population growth rate is 0.87%(2004 estimate: CIA world factbook)


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religion

  • Non-religious 60%

  • Chinese 19.69%

  • Buddhist 13%

  • Christian 7.31%

  • (includes nominal Christian, Protestant and 5% Roman Catholic)

  • -Protestant Evangelical 1.13%


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history

Macau means city of God and was the name of the temple situated where the first Portuguese explorers landed

1557: Portuguese trading colony

1887: Portuguese sovereignty

1900: became known as a smuggling and gambling centre

1987: Portugal agreed to return Macau to China

December 1999: Macau returned to China

Surge in visitors from Mainland China

Gambling and tourism are key industries

Now aSpecial Administrative Regionwith a high degree of autonomy granted by China


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