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Competing Countries

Asia

Bangladesh
Population129,146,695
CapitalDhaka
LanguageBengali, English, Bihari, Hindi, local languages
ReligionSunni Muslim, Hindi, Buddhist, Christian
GeneralBangladesh has a strong agricultural base, engaging two-thirds of the workforce. Food crops include rice, wheat, fruit and pulses. The main industries produce fertilisers, iron and steel, paper and glass as well as agricultural, marine and timber products.

Brunei Darussalam
Population330,689
CapitalBandar Seri Begawan
LanguageMalay, English, Chinese
ReligionSunni Muslim, Buddhist, Christian
GeneralBrunei's two enclaves are surrounded by Malaysia. Tropical rainforest covers over two-thirds of Brunei. The economy is dominated by the oil and gas industries.

India
Population986,611,000
CapitalNew Delhi
LanguageHindi, English (official) and many regional languages
ReligionHindu, Sunni Muslim, Sikh, Christian, Buddhist
GeneralAgriculture, forestry and fishing account for one third of national output and two thirds of employment. India is a major world producer of tea, sugar, jute, cotton, tobacco, chemical products and steel.

Malaysia
Population21,820,143
CapitalKuala Lumpur
LanguageMalay, English, Chinese, Tamil
ReligionSunni Muslim, Buddhist, Hindu, Christian, traditional beliefs
GeneralMalaysia has a tropical climate with heavy rainfall. It is the world's largest producer of tin, palm oil, pepper and tropical hardwoods. High economic growth recently has come from manufacturing. With over 7 million visitors a year, tourism is also a major industry.

Maldives
Population278,000
CapitalMale
LanguageDivehi (Maldivian), English
ReligionSunni Muslim
GeneralThe Maldive Archipelago comprises of 1,190 coral atolls (202 of which are inhabited), in the Indian Ocean, south-west of India. The climate is hot, humid and monsoonal. The islands depend mainly on fishing and fish processing, light manufacturing (chiefly clothing) and tourism.

Pakistan
Population146,488,000
CapitalIslamabad
LanguageUrdu (official), Punjabi, Sindhi, Pushtu, English
ReligionSunni Muslim, Shi'a Muslim, Christian, Hindu
GeneralAgriculture is the main sector of the economy, employing about half the workforce and accounting for over two-thirds of export earnings.

Singapore
Population3,999,000
CapitalSingapore
LanguageChinese, English, Malay, Tamil
ReligionChristian, Hindu Buddhist, Taoist, Sunni Muslim
GeneralManufacturing industries and services are the main sectors of the economy. The main industries include electronics, oil refining, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, ship building, iron and steel, food processing and textiles. Singapore is a major financial centre and has one of the world's busiest ports.

Sri Lanka
Population19,003,000
CapitalColombo
LanguageSinhalese, Tamil, English
ReligionBuddhist, Hindu, Sunni Muslim, Roman Catholic
GeneralThe climate is hot and monsoonal. Manufactures chiefly textiles and clothing, while tea, rubber, copra and gems are exported.