Hong Kong – the Facts

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Hong Kong is a vibrant city, and a major gateway to Mainland China. This page will give you the facts about Hong Kong - from the form of government to the languages used.

Government

On 1 July 1997, Hong Kong became a Special Administrative Region of the People's Republic of China and the Basic Law came into effect. The Basic Law is the constitutional document of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region (HKSAR). It enshrines within a legal document the important concepts of "one country, two systems", "Hong Kong people administering Hong Kong" and a high degree of autonomy. According to the Basic Law, the HKSAR enjoys executive, legislative and independent judicial power, including that of final adjudication, and its political system and way of life remains unchanged for 50 years.

Hong Kong's Government structureBasic Law

Economy

Hong Kong's economy is characterised by free trade, low taxation and minimum government intervention. It is the world's 6th largest trading economy, with the mainland of China as its most significant trading partner. Hong Kong is also a major service economy, with particularly strong links to mainland China and the rest of the Asia-Pacific region.

  • Currency: Hong Kong dollar
  • GDP: HK$2,869.7 billion (2021)
  • GDP per capita: HK$387,110 (2021)
  • Real GDP growth: 6.3% (2021)
  • Labour force: 3.870 million (2021)
More on Hong Kong's economy

Public Holidays

Hong Kong provides two types of public holidays: statutory and general holidays. Statutory holidays are mandated under the Employment Ordinance and must be provided to all employees. General holidays include every Sunday, all statutory holidays and an additional 4 holidays.

  • Working week: Monday to Saturday
  • Statutory holidays: 13
  • General holidays: 17 (including the 13 statutory holidays)
More information on statutory holidaysList of general holidays

Geography

At the south-eastern tip of China, Hong Kong covers Hong Kong Island, Lantau Island, the Kowloon Peninsula and the New Territories, including 261 outlying islands. Between Hong Kong Island and the Kowloon Peninsula lies Victoria Harbour, one of the world's most renowned deep-water harbours.

  • Total land area: 1,113.76 square kilometres
  • Country parks and special areas: about 40%
Hong Kong maps

Climate

Hong Kong has a subtropical climate. January and February are cloudier with cold spells, while March and April are milder and humid with fog. From May to August, it is hot and humid with occasional heavy rain and thunderstorms. Tropical cyclones usually occur between June and October, bringing high winds, heavy rain and sometimes storm surges. November and December are generally fine and dry with pleasantly cool weather, and may on occasion be relatively cold at night and in the early morning.

  • Average annual rainfall: 2,431.2 mm
  • Wettest months: June and August
  • Driest months: January and December
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Population

Hong Kong's population was approximately 7.41 million in mid-2021. People of Chinese descent comprise the vast majority of the population.

  • Population density: 6,800 people per square kilometre (as at mid-2021)
  • Crude birth rate: 5.0 per 1,000 (2021)
  • Percentage of population of Chinese ethnicity: 91.6%1
  • Other significant national groups
    • Philippines (225,801 total)2
    • Indonesia (176,748 total)2
    • India (37,316 total)2.
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Language

Chinese and English are the official languages of Hong Kong. English is widely used in the Government and by the legal, professional and business sectors. Trilingual professionals who speak English, Cantonese and Putonghua play a vital role in the numerous enterprises trading in Hong Kong or doing business with mainland China and Taiwan.

Proportion of population aged 5 and over by usual spoken language1:

  • Cantonese: 88.2%
  • Putonghua: 2.3%
  • Other Chinese dialect: 2.8%
  • English: 4.6%
  • Other language: 2.1%

 

1 Results from 2021 Population Census

2 Figures at mid-2020

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