Demographics of Malaysia

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The demographics of Malaysia are represented by the multiple ethnic groups that exist in this country. Malaysia's population, as of July 2010, is estimated to be 28,250,500, which makes it the 44th most populated country in the world.[1] Of these, 5.72 million Malaysians live in East Malaysia and 22.5 million live in Peninsular Malaysia.[2] Malaysian population continues to grow at a rate of 2.4% per annum; about 34% of the population is under the age of 15. Malays and other Bumiputera groups make up 65% of the population, Chinese 26%, Indians 7.1% and other unlisted ethnic groups 1%.[3]

Population distribution is uneven, with some 20 million of 28 millinon citizens concentrated in Peninsular Malaysia, which has an area of 131,598 kilometres (50.81 sq mi).

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