country in Southeast Asia

Cambodia or Kampuchea (officially called Kingdom of Cambodia) is a country in Southeast Asia. It is near Vietnam, Laos, and Thailand. About 13 million people live in Cambodia. The people of Cambodia are called Cambodians or Kampuchea. Khmer is the official language. The country has recently emerged from a long civil war and the rule of the Khmer Rouge. It is part of ASEAN, Association of South East Asian Nations.

Kingdom of Cambodia

Preăh Reăcheănachâk Kâmpŭcheă
Royal Arms of Cambodia
Royal Arms

Nation, Religion, King

Nokor Reach
Majestic Kingdom
Location of  Cambodia  (green) in ASEAN  (dark grey)  —  [Legend]
Location of  Cambodia  (green)

in ASEAN  (dark grey)  —  [Legend]

and largest city
Phnom Penh
11°33′N 104°55′E / 11.550°N 104.917°E / 11.550; 104.917
Official languagesKhmer
Other languagesList
Official scriptKhmer script
Ethnic groups
90.0% Khmer
5.0% Vietnamese
1.0% Chinese
4.0% other
Demonym(s)Khmer or Cambodian
GovernmentUnitary parliamentary democracy and Constitutional monarchy under a Dominant party Totalitarian Hereditary dictatorship
• King
Norodom Sihamoni
Hun Manet[1] (CPP)
Say Chhum
Heng Samrin
National Assembly
• Independence from France
November 9, 1953
September 24, 1993
• Total
181,035 km2 (69,898 sq mi) (88th)
• Water (%)
• 2019 census
Increase15,288,489[2] (72nd)
• Density
81.8/km2 (211.9/sq mi) (96th)
GDP (PPP)2019 estimate
• Total
$76.635 billion[3]
• Per capita
GDP (nominal)2019 estimate
• Total
$26.628 billion[3]
• Per capita
Gini (2013)36.0[4]
HDI (2018)Increase 0.581[5]
medium · 146th
CurrencyRiel (KHR)
Time zoneUTC+7
Driving sideright
Calling code+855
ISO 3166 codeKH
  1. The US Dollar is often used



The ancestors of Cambodia had an empire called Angkor centered in the northwest of present-day Cambodia. The Angkor civilization is the world's largest pre-industrial civilization. One of the buildings from Angkor is a Hindu/Buddhist temple called Angkor Wat which is the world's largest religious structure. This empire was later destroyed due to ecological and environmental problems as well as failing infrastructure. Theravada Buddhism came to the country in the 13th century via monks from Sri Lanka. Since then, Buddhism has been the official religion.



Cambodia is set entirely in the tropic zone. The Mekong River runs through the middle of the country and is the most important source of water in the country. The country is the size of Missouri.



In Cambodia, people play many sports. Some sports that are enjoyed that come from the West include golf, rugby and soccer. Traditional Cambodian sports are buffalo racing, dragon boat racing and bokator Khmer martial art also known as pradal serey. Cambodia attended its first Olympic Games in 1956 and participated in two more before warfare and civil strife interrupted its attendance. The country returned to regular participation with the 1996 Summer Games. Cambodia managed fourth in soccer in the 1972 Southeast Asian games. Cambodia hosted the GANEFO games in the 1960s. Sports is played in Cambodia to entertain people and too they can find out more about their own talents.



The culture of Cambodia has been influenced by Hinduism. Today most people in Cambodia practice Buddhism. A lot of their customs revolve around Buddhism.

The food of Cambodia includes tropical fruits, rice, noodles and various soups. Cambodians like to eat a rice noodle soup called 'kah-tieu' in the morning. Cambodians are famous for a type of 'kah-tieu' called 'kah-tieu Phnom Penh' which has shrimp, beef balls, fried garlic, pork broth and chicken. Cambodians also eat a red curry noodle soup with rice vermicelle noodles. Curry is also eaten with rice or French bread in Cambodia. Cambodian food is similar to Vietnamese and Southern Thai food.

Cambodia also has a mystical tattoo called a yantra tattoo that is popular with soldiers. A yantra tattoo has ancient Khmer and Pali (An ancient Indian language) writing. A yantra tattoo is usually done by a religious person or monk. The tattoo artist guarantees that the person cannot receive any physical harm as long as they follow certain conditions. A person is supposed to not talk to anyone for three days and three nights. Another alternative is to follow the five Buddhist percepts. Movie star actress Angelina Jolie is known to have a yantra tattoo.

Cambodians celebrate the Cambodian New Year in April. It is based on Theravada Buddhism. The date depends on astrological signs but are usually are on April 13-15 or April 14-16.

The Cambodian flag includes a three-towered temple called Angkor Wat. It is the most famous monument in the country. Many tourists visit the temple. The Cambodian flag has three horizontal bands. There are two blue bands on the top and the bottom. There is a red band that is twice the height of each blue band. The red band represents the nation. The temple represents the structure of the universe.[6]



Cambodia is divided into 25 provinces including the capital. The provinces are divided into 159 districts and 26 municipalities. The districts and municipalities are then divided into communes and quarters.

Name Capital (seat) Population (2019)[7] Area (km2)[2] Population density ISO
Banteay Meanchey Serei Saophoan Municipality 859,545 6,679 129 KH-1
Battambang Battambang Municipality 987,400 11,702 84 KH-2
Kampong Cham Kampong Cham Municipality 895,763 4,549 197 KH-3
Kampong Chhnang Kampong Chhnang Municipality 525,932 5,521 95 KH-4
Kampong Speu Chbar Mon Municipality 872,219 7,017 124 KH-5
Kampong Thom Steung Saen Municipality 677,260 13,814 49 KH-6
Kampot Kampot Municipality 592,845 4,873 122 KH-7
Kandal Ta Khmau Municipality 1,195,547 3,179 376 KH-8
Koh Kong Khemarak Phoumin Municipality 123,618 10,090 12 KH-9
Kratié Kratié Municipality 327,825 11,094 34 KH-10
Mondulkiri Senmonorom Municipality 88,649 14,288 6 KH-11
Phnom Penh Doun Penh Section 2,129,371 679 3,136 KH-12
Preah Vihear Tbaeng Meanchey Municipality 251,352 13,788 18 KH-13
Prey Veng Prey Veng Municipality 1,057,428 4,883 217 KH-14
Pursat Pursat Municipality 411,759 12,692 32 KH-15
Ratanak Kiri Banlung Municipality 204,027 10,782 19 KH-16
Siem Reap Siem Reap Municipality 1,006,512 10,299 98 KH-17
Preah Sihanouk Sihanoukville Municipality 302,887 1,938 156 KH-18
Stung Treng Stung Treng Municipality 159,565 11,092 14 KH-19
Svay Rieng Svay Rieng Municipality 524,554 2,966 177 KH-20
Takéo Doun Kaev Municipality 899,485 3,563 252 KH-21
Oddar Meanchey Samraong Municipality 261,252 6,158 42 KH-22
Kep Kep Municipality 41,798 336 124 KH-23
Pailin Pailin Municipality 71,600 803 89 KH-24
Tboung Khmum Suong Municipality 775,296 5,250 148 KH-25



People in Cambodia use many different types of transportation. Transportation in Cambodia include: boat, car, motorcycle, elephant, train and airplane.


The Royal Palace

The Cambodian economy has been growing rapidly in recent years. Cambodia is set to build its first skyscraper, Gold Tower 42. Cambodia is also building a satellite city next to Phnom Penh which is called Camko City. Camko City is being constructed by Korean companies to modernize Phnom Penh so as to make it appealing to foreign investors and businesses. Cambodia is also one of the most corrupted nations in the world and has been pressured by international communities to fix it.

Foreign relations


Cambodia has foreign relations with most nations. It is part of ASEAN. Cambodia has border issues with Vietnam and Thailand over lost territories. Cambodia is one of a few nations with good relations with both Koreas. South Korean president Lee Myung Bak was an economic advisor to Cambodian prime minister Hun Sen and former Cambodian King Norodom Sihanouk was a good friend with former North Korean leader Kim Il-sung.

Ethnic groups


The Khmer (Cambodians) account for the vast majority of the population. Ethnic minorities include Chinese, Vietnamese, Muslim Cham-Malays, Laotians, and various native peoples of the rural highlands.

Although much of Cambodia is heavily forested, the central lowland region is covered with rice paddies, fields of dry crops such as corn (maize) and tobacco, tracts of tall grass and reeds, and thinly wooded areas. Savanna grassland occur in the plains, with the grasses reaching a height of 5 feet (1.5 metres). In the eastern highlands the high plateaus are covered with grasses and deciduous forests. Broad-leaved evergreen forests grow in the mountainous areas to the north, with trees 100 feet (30 metres) high emerging from thick undergrowths of vines, rattans, palms, bamboos, and assorted woody and herbaceous ground plants. In the southwestern highlands, open forests of pines are found at the higher elevations, while the rain-drenched seaward slopes are blanketed with virgin rainforests growing to heights of 150 feet (45 metres) or more. Vegetation along the coastal strip ranges from evergreen forests to nearly impenetrable mangroves.



  1. "Pen Sovann, Cambodia's First Prime Minister After Khmer Rouge, Dies at 80". New York Times. October 13, 2016. Retrieved 10 December 2016.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "General Population Census of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2019" (PDF). National Institute of Statistics. Ministry of Planning. 3 March 2019. Archived from the original on 13 November 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Cambodia". International Monetary Fund.
  4. "Income Gini coefficient". World Bank. Archived from the original on 10 June 2010. Retrieved 29 January 2020.
  5. "Human Development Report 2019" (PDF). United Nations Development Programme. 2019. Retrieved 9 December 2019.
  6. National Flag of Cambodia. Retrieved from Archived 2010-10-15 at the Wayback Machine on the 16 September 2010
  7. "General Population Census of the Kingdom of Cambodia 2019: Provisional Population Totals" (PDF). National Institute of Statistics. Ministry of Planning. June 2019. Retrieved 12 August 2019.

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