Imports$177.1 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$225.6 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)3.2% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate3.1% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$15,800 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate7.2% (2010 est.)
Internet users15.355 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular34.456 million (2009)
Population growth rate1.542% (2012 est.)
Population29,179,952 (July 2012 est.)
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During the late 18th and 19th centuries, Great Britain established colonies and protectorates in the area of current Malaysia; these were occupied by Japan from 1942 to 1945.
In 1948, the British-ruled territories on the Malay Peninsula except Singapore formed the Federation of Malaya, which became independent in 1957.
Malaysia was formed in 1963 when the former British colonies of Singapore as well as Sabah and Sarawak on the northern coast of Borneo joined the Federation....
Malaysia, a middle-income country, has transformed itself since the 1970s from a producer of raw materials into an emerging multi-sector economy.
Under current Prime Minister NAJIB, Malaysia is attempting to achieve high-income status by 2020 and to move farther up the value-added production chain by attracting investments in Islamic finance, high technology industries, biotechnology, and services.
The NAJIB administration also is continuing efforts to boost domestic demand and reduce the economy's dependence on exports....
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