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Macau (Macau/Macao Special Administrative Region)

By Vexen Crabtree 2013


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Macau Special Administrative Region
StatusA Special Administrative Region of China
Land Area 28km21
Life Expectancy
ISO3166-1 CodesMO, MAC, 4462
Internet Domain.mo3
CurrencyPataca (MOP)4

1. Overview

Colonized by the Portuguese in the 16th century, Macau was the first European settlement in the Far East. Pursuant to an agreement signed by China and Portugal on 13 April 1987, Macau became the Macau Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China on 20 December 1999. In this agreement, China promised that, under its "one country, two systems" formula, China's political and economic system would not be imposed on Macau, and that Macau would enjoy a high degree of autonomy in all matters except foreign affairs and defense for the next 50 years.

CIA's The World Factbook (2013)6

Book CoverThe last outpost of the Portuguese empire, Macau still has a tangible Mediterranean feel. Nevertheless, Chinese culture shines through in this city state located at the mouth of the Pearl River. The Chinese people have stood up and they´re off to Macau. Chairman Mao (who coined the first half of that sentence) must be spinning in his glass coffin. Mainlanders can´t get enough of this once Portuguese-administered backwater-turned-gambling-megaresort.

Such has been its explosive growth since 2002 that it is commonplace to refer to Macau as the Vegas of the East. It might be more appropriate to put that the other way round, since Macau has eclipsed its American rival in gambling income.

And there are many other things that Macau does better. Beyond the gaming halls, it offers cobblestoned streets punctuated with Chinese temples and baroque churches, pockets of (natural) greenery, a historic centre of Unesco World Heritage status and balmy beaches.

Macau´s history has also created a one-of-a-kind cuisine that celebrates the marriage of European, Latin American, African and Asian flavours.

"The World" by Lonely Planet (2014)7

As a territory of China I do not have many specific statistics for this territory in its own right.

2. Religion and Beliefs

#buddhism #christianity #hinduism #islam #judaism

Data from the Pew Forum, a professional polling outfit, states that in 2010 the religious makeup of this country was as follows in the table below8:

Folk Religion58.9%

The CIA World Factbook has slightly different data, and states: Buddhist 50%, Roman Catholic 15%, none or other 35% (1997 est.)9.


3. The Internet

#internet #the_internet

Internet Users (2016)10
Pos.Higher is better10
2Faroe Islands99%
46Hong Kong74%
47Cayman Islands74%
World Avg48.1%
IPv6 Uptake (2017)11
Pos.Higher is better
World Avg3.82

Internet access has become an essential research tool. It facilitates an endless list of life improvements, from the ability to network and socialize without constraint, to access to a seemingly infinite repository of technical and procedural information on pretty much any task. The universal availability of data has sped up industrial development and personal learning at the national and personal level. Individuals can read any topic they wish regardless of the locality of expert teachers, and, entire nations can develop their technology and understanding of the world simply because they are now exposed to advanced societies and moral discourses online. Like every communications medium, the Internet has issues and causes a small range of problems, but these are insignificant compared to the advantages of having an online populace.

4. More Charts and Comparisons to Other Countries

There isn't much information in the database for Macau, most likely because it is either a part of another country (i.e., a territory or posession) and therefore most international statistics are counted for the country as a whole, or, this is such an exotic place that little data exists about it.

Current edition: 2013 May 01
Last Modified: 2017 Jun 21
Parent page: Compare International Statistics by Region and Continent

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References: (What's this?)

(2013) World Factbook. The USA Government's Central Intelligence Agency (USA CIA) publishes The World Factbook, and the online version is frequently updated.

Lonely Planet
(2014) The World. Subtitled: "A Traveller's Guide to the Planet". Published by Lonely Planet, London, UK. Each chapter is devoted to a specific country and includes a list of the most interesting places to visit and a few other cultural notes.


  1. World Bank data on accessed 2013 Nov 04.^
  2. International Standards Organisation (ISO) standard ISO3166-1, on, accessed 2013 May 01.^
  3. Top level domains (TLDs) are managed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) on^
  4. According to ISO4217.^
  5. According to ITU-T.^
  6. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  7. Lonely Planet (2014). Chapter "Macau".^
  8. Pew Forum (2012) publication "The Global Religious Landscape: A Report on the Size and Distribution of the World´s Major Religious Groups as of 2010" (2012 Dec 18) accessed 2013 May 01.^
  9. CIA (2013). Https:// accessed 2014 Apr 27.^
  10. accessed 2017 Mar 10.^
  11. % of internet access via native IPv6 compared to IPv4. As of 2017 Jun 20, from Accessed 2017 Jun 20.^
  12. Sources:^

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