GDP Official Exchange Rate (OER is more precise at gauging a countries economic power)

(Estimated 2011): $242.4 billion (US$) or (GBP)

GDP (OER) Per Capita (per member of the population estimated 2011): (US$) or (GBP)

GDP Purchasing Power Parity (PPP is good for gauging living conditions and use of resources but not as accurate as OER. This data has been calculated based on the sum value of all goods and services produced in the country valued at prices prevailing in the United States) 

(Estimated 2011): $350.4 billion (US$) or (GBP)

GDP (PPP) Per Capita (per member of the population estimated 2011): $49,300 (US$) or (GBP)

Capital: Unofficial Capital is Central (Formally Victoria)

Population (Estimated July 2012): 7,153,519

Area: 1,104 km2 or 426 mi2

Currency: Hong Kong dollar (HK$)

Official Language: Chinese and English

Political Information: Special Administrative Region of China with Limited Democracy

Official Religion: No Official Religion (approximately 90% of the population have a mixture of local religious beliefs and 10% are Christian)

Highest Mountain: Tai Mo Shan at 957m or 3,140ft

Largest River:
Map of Hong Kong

Time Zone (GMT/UTC): +8:00







Leaders: Chief Executive Donald Tsang

Additional: Hong Kong has a public holiday on the 1st of July every year to mark the ‘Handover’ or the ‘Return’ (transfer of sovereignty) of Hong Kong to the Peoples republic of China. Britain had taken control in 1841 and ruled until 1941 when Japanese forces took control. Japan’s occupation of Hong Kong lasted until Japanese surrender at the end of World War II (on the 15th of August 1945).  On the 1st of July 1997 British rule of Hong Kong ended and her sovereignty returned to China.


Sources: CIA World Fact Book, and Encyclopaedia Britannica.

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