Malaysia lies in Southeast Asia on a peninsula near Thailand, Cambodia and Indonesia. It also occupies the northern portion of the island of Borneo. The country lies near the equator and has a warm, wet climate. During monsoon season, heavy rains flood the countryside.
Unlike many of its neighboring countries that rely heavily on farming, Malaysia produces electronics and technology. The country has a goal to become the Silicon Valley of Asia. Malaysia was ruled by Great Britain for many years. During this time, people from China and India moved to Malaysia to work. Today, the country has a diverse culture, although most people are Muslim.
Fun Facts About Malaysia for Kids
- 26,121,000 people live in Malaysia.
- Malaysia has 127,355 square miles of land.
- People speak Bahasa Melayu, English, Chinese and other dialects.
- Most people are Muslim. You’ll also find Buddhist, Christian, Daoist, Hindu, Shikh and Shamanist religions in Malaysia.
- Malaysia is wealthier than most countries in this region.
- People in Malaysia can expect to live 73 years.
- 89 percent of adults can read.
- Monsoon: season of heavy rains
- Diverse: varied
- Wealthy: having resources, money
All About Malaysia Video for Kids
Here’s a great video for kids on Malaysia:
Question: Can Americans travel to Malaysia?
Answer: People like to go to Malaysia and other countries in Asia because of the beautiful beaches, friendly people and delicious food. Malaysia is among the safer, more comfortable countries to visit.
Map of Malaysia
Here’s a map of the country of Malaysia and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Malaysia! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Malaysia, as though you are actually there!
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