What Kind of Country is Cambodia? 1-Minute Commentary


  • Area
    Approximately 181,000 km2
  • Capital
    Phnom Penh
  • Population
    About 17 million people
  • Currency
    Riel (KHR)
  • Land
    Located in the southwestern part of the Indochina Peninsula
  • Citizen
    90% are Cambodian
  • Religion
    Buddhists make up the majority, but there are also a few Muslims
  • Language
    Khmer (Cambodian)

In recent years, Cambodia’s economy has developed rapidly.

Exports of sewn products are particularly active, and it also has great productivity in the real estate industry and tourism industry.

In 1953, what is now Cambodia became independent of French colonial rule by King Sihanouk.

However, in 1970, a coup d’etat by General Lon Nol with the support of the United States banished King Sihanouk and built a new Khmer Republic.

And in 1975, a political party called “Khmer Rouge” led by Pol Pot came into power.

School education was abolished by Pol Pot’s dictatorship, and more than 2 million people were slaughtered.

In 1993, a general election was held under the supervision of the United Nations, and Cambodia was rebuilt with Sihanouk as king.

Currently, a stable government has been realized by the Cambodian People’s Party, but the harmful effects and disparities caused by the abolition of school education for a long time have become major social problems.

Cambodia – A country profile – Eye on Asia
Cambodia: A Historical Overview | Asia Society

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