Your guide to expat life in Malaysia

A multicultural land in the South China Sea

With tropical jungles, palm-fringed beaches and glittering skyscrapers, Malaysia is made up of 13 states split across two separate pieces of land.

There’s a vast mix of cultures and nationalities in this Asian nation – and first-world comforts are married with a sense of adventure. Most expats head to the capital, Kuala Lumpur, an energetic metropolis bursting with opportunities.

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Quick Facts

  • Population: About 32 million
  • Capital City: Kuala Lumpur
  • Neighbouring Malaysia: Malaysia has common maritime boundaries with Brunei, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Main language: Malay is the official language, but English is widely spoken in business. The Chinese population in Malaysia speaks Cantonese, Hokkien or Hakka, while the Indian population speaks Tamil, Hindi or Malayalam.
  • Time: GMT+8

Contact an expat living in Malaysia before you move to get an understanding of the country

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It's a beautiful country full of beautiful people.

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