a humid subtropical climate (Koppen Cwa), with average
relative humidity between 75% and 90%. Seasonal
climate is greatly influenced by the monsoons, and
differences in temperature and humidity between summer
and winter are significant though not great.
or Macau Creole is a creole language derived mainly from
Malay, Sinhalese, Cantonese, and Portuguese, which was
originally spoken by the Macanese community of the
Portuguese colony of Macau. It is now spoken by a few
families in Macau and in the Macanese diaspora.
Macau has a currency board system under
which the legal tender, Macanese pataca, is 100 percent
backed by foreign exchange reserves, in this case
currently the Hong Kong dollar.
population of Macau, which is virtually all urban-based,
was estimated at 445, 594 in July 2000. In 2000, the
birth rate stood at 12.54 per 1, 000 and this low level
is mainly attributed to the effect of urbanization.
does not have a capital. Historically, the capital was "Cidade
do Nome de Deus de Macau" (or Macau Peninsula). This
name was abolished upon reunification. The government
headquarters were located in the St. Lawrence Parish.
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