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Population (2009 est.)388,190
Religious DemographicsMuslim (official) 67%, Buddhist 13%, Christian 10%, other (includes indigenous beliefs) 10%
Ethnic GroupsMalay 66.3%, Chinese 11.2%, indigenous 3.4%, other 19.1% (2004 est.)
LanguagesMalay (official), English, Chinese

The country has an area of 2,200 square miles and a population of 380,000. According to official statistics, the population includes 197,260 Muslims, 16,215 Buddhists, 6,844 Christians, 712 Roman Catholics, 242 Hindus, 72 Baha'is, 34 atheists, 40 Taoists, 33 Sikhs, and seven Nasrani, as well as 53 individuals of other religious groups and 16,916 who did not state a religious preference. The Government categorizes Catholics as distinct from other Christians. There is also an indigenous population that adheres to traditional beliefs, although they often convert either to Islam or Christianity.