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Expats in Hong KongHong Kong: An Overview

Hong Kong is a former British colony in South-East China, near Canton and Macau. With a surface area of on 404 square miles, Hong Kong is densely populated with 7 million people. The capital city at Victoria, on Hong Kong Island, boasts one of the world's finest natural harbours. Hong Kong has one of the world's busiest international airports.

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Mean January and July temperatures are 16°C and 28°C respectively. 90% of average rainfall of 85 inches falls between April and October. Typhoons occur between July and October.

Chinese (effectively Cantonese) and English are the official languages of Hong Kong, and 98% of the people are ethnic Chinese. The most common religion is Chinese Folk Religion (49%), followed by Buddhism (21%) and Taoism (14%.) In addition, about 11% of the population are Christian. The major non-Chinese elements of the population are from the Philippines, British Commonwealth countries, the USA, Portugal and Japan.

Since 1st July 1997 Hong Kong has been a Special Administrative Region (SAR) of the People's Republic of China. The constitution is known as the ‘Basic Law’ and is modelled on the constitution of the People's Republic. Under the guiding principle of ‘one country, two systems’ which was established before the handover the Chinese Government agreed that Hong Kong's capitalist system would remain unchanged until the year 2047. However, there has been recent Chinese interference in Hong Kong's democratic processes.

The SAR's administration is headed by a Chief Executive, appointed by China. The Chief Executive appoints the Executive Council of Government. A legislative body, the Legislative Council passes laws and controls expenditure; its members are elected but the arrangements are undemocratic, so that the Executive can control a majority. This arrangement, established by the British, has not been changed since the handover. The SAR maintains a common law system; the regulation and taxation of business and financial services follow Western patterns.


Country Name: Hong Kong
Coordinates: 22°16'N 114°9'E
Capital: Victoria
Capital Coordinates: 22°16'N 114°10'E
Other Main Cities: Kowloon
Population: 7061200
Area: 1104
Official Language(s): Cantonese, English
Ethnic Group(s): 93.6% Chinese, 1.9% Filipino, 1.9% Indoesnian, 2.6% other
Demonym: Hong Konger
Currency: Hong Kong Dollar, HKD, HK$
GDP: $351.119 billion
Time Zone: HKT (UTC+8)
International Dialling Code: 852
Internet TLD: .hk
Electricity Voltage: 220 Volts AC (50Hz)



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