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    Malaysia People 2000

      Population: 21,793,293 (July 2000 est.)

      Age structure:
      0-14 years: 35% (male 3,914,112; female 3,697,731)
      15-64 years: 61% (male 6,655,506; female 6,642,073)
      65 years and over: 4% (male 386,387; female 497,484) (2000 est.)

      Population growth rate: 2.01% (2000 est.)

      Birth rate: 25.3 births/1,000 population (2000 est.)

      Death rate: 5.25 deaths/1,000 population (2000 est.)

      Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)
      note: does not reflect net flow of an unknown number of illegal immigrants from other countries in the region

      Sex ratio:
      at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female
      under 15 years: 1.06 male(s)/female
      15-64 years: 1 male(s)/female
      65 years and over: 0.78 male(s)/female
      total population: 1.01 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

      Infant mortality rate: 20.96 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)

      Life expectancy at birth:
      total population: 70.83 years
      male: 68.22 years
      female: 73.63 years (2000 est.)

      Total fertility rate: 3.29 children born/woman (2000 est.)

      Nationality:
      noun: Malaysian(s)
      adjective: Malaysian

      Ethnic groups: Malay and other indigenous 58%, Chinese 26%, Indian 7%, others 9%

      Religions: Islam, Buddhism, Daoism, Hinduism, Christianity, Sikhism; note - in addition, Shamanism is practiced in East Malaysia

      Languages: Bahasa Melayu (official), English, Chinese dialects (Cantonese, Mandarin, Hokkien, Hakka, Hainan, Foochow), Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Panjabi, Thai; note - in addition, in East Malaysia several indigenous languages are spoken, the largest of which are Iban and Kadazan

      Literacy:
      definition: age 15 and over can read and write
      total population: 83.5%
      male: 89.1%
      female: 78.1% (1995 est.)

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