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Cambodia (/kæmˈbdiə/ (About this soundlisten); also Kampuchea /ˌkæmpʊˈə/; Khmer: កម្ពុជា Khmer: [kam.pu.ciə]; French: Cambodge), officially the Kingdom of Cambodia (Khmer: ព្រះរាជាណាចក្រកម្ពុជា, prĕəh riəciənaacak kampuciə, IPA: [prĕəh riə.ciə.naː.caʔ kam.pu.ciə]; French: Royaume du Cambodge), is a country located in the southern portion of the Indochina peninsula in Southeast Asia. It is 181,035 square kilometres (69,898 square miles) in area, bordered by Thailand to the northwest, Laos to the northeast, Vietnam to the east and the Gulf of Thailand to the southwest.

The sovereign state of Cambodia has a population of over 16 million. The official religion is Theravada Buddhism, practised by approximately 95 percent of the population. The country's minority groups include Vietnamese, Chinese, Chams and 30 hill tribes. The capital and largest city is Phnom Penh, the political, economic and cultural centre of Cambodia. The kingdom is an elective constitutional monarchy with a monarch, currently Norodom Sihamoni, chosen by the Royal Throne Council as head of state. The head of government is the Prime Minister, currently Hun Sen, the longest serving non-royal leader in Southeast Asia, ruling Cambodia since 1985.

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Did you know...

  • ... that Charmian Gooch's investigation into the Cambodian timber trade deprived Pol Pot and the Khmer Rouge regime of US$90 million a year?
  • ... that FUNCINPEC started as a Cambodian resistance movement and later became a political party?
  • ... that the first research center for potatoes in Cambodia was opened in the country in 2016?
  • ... that the orange-necked partridge, native to southern Vietnam and eastern Cambodia, was discovered in 1927 but was "lost" until its rediscovery in 1991?
  • ... that French singer-songwriter Indila, who has described herself as a "child of the world", is of Algerian, Cambodian, Egyptian, and Indian descent?

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