Independence Year : 1953
Population : 11168000
Life Expectancy : 56.5
Capital : 1800
GNP : 5121.00
GNP Old : 5670.00
Local Name : Kâmpuchéa
Government Form : Constitutional Monarchy
Location : Southeastern Asia, bordering the Gulf of Thailand, between Thailand, Vietnam, and Laos
Terrain : Central plain drained by the Tonle Sap (Great Lake) and Mekong and Bassac Rivers. Heavy forests away from the rivers and the lake, mountains in the southwest (Cardamom Mountains) and north (Dangrek Mountains) along the border with Cambodia
Climate : Tropical monsoon with rainy season June-Oct. and dry season Nov.-May
Ethnic Group : Cambodian 90%; Chinese and Vietnamese 5% each; Burmese, small numbers of hill tribes like Chams and Khmer Loeu.
Religions : Thearavada Buddhism 95% (official); Islam, Christianity, animism, atheism.
Official Website : www.norodomsihanouk.info
Genral Information - Cambodia
Following a five-year struggle, communist Khmer Rouge forces captured Phnom Penh in 1975 and ordered the evacuation of all cities and towns; over 1 million displaced people died from execution or enforced hardships.
A 1978 Vietnamese invasion drove the Khmer Rouge into the countryside and touched off 13 years of fighting.
UN-sponsored elections in 1993 helped restore some semblance of normalcy, as did the rapid diminishment of the Khmer Rouge in the mid-1990s.
A coalition government, formed after national elections in 1998, brought renewed political stability and the surrender of remaining Khmer Rouge forces.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)