Hong Kong Demographics

What is the population of Hong Kong?

Population 7,249,907
Population Growth Rate 0.39%
Urban Population 100%
Nationality Noun Chinese/Hong Konger
Nationality Adjective Chinese/Hong Kong
Ethnic Groups Chinese 95%, other 5%
Languages Spoken Chinese (Cantonese), English; both are official
Language Note The official language of Hong Kong is Chinese. English is still the language of commerce, as it was the official language up until 1997. The official dialect is Yue (Cantonese) from Guangdong. Chinese written script has been standardized for centuries, but the simplified script from mainland China is beginning to become popular in Hong Kong.

Hong Kong Health Information

What are the health conditions in Hong Kong?

Contraceptive Prevalence Rate - female 15-49 79.5%
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 7.39
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate 0.1%
HIV/Aids Deaths 150
Infant Mortality Rate - female deaths/1,000 live births 2.7
Infant Mortality Rate - male deaths/1,000 live births 3.06
Infant Mortality Rate - total deaths/1,000 live births 2.89
Mean Age for Mother's First Birth 29.8
People Living with HIV/AIDS 2,600
Total Fertility Rate - children born/woman 1.11

Hong Kong Life Expectancy

How long do people live in Hong Kong?

Life Expectancy at Birth 82 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - female 85 Years
Life Expectancy at Birth - male 79 Years
Median Age 44 Years
Median Age - female 45 Years
Median Age - male 43 Years

Hong Kong Infant Mortality - per 1,000 live births

Hong Kong median age, birth rate and death rates

Birth Rate - births/1,000 population 8
Death Rate - deaths/1,000 population 7.39
Median Age 44 Years
Median Age - female 45 Years
Median Age - male 43 Years
Net Migration Rate - migrant(s)/1,000 population 3.75
Population Growth Rate 0.39%
Sex Ratio 0-14 Years - male/female 1.14
Sex Ratio 15-24 Years - male/female 1.05
Sex Ratio 25-54 Years - male/female .75
Sex Ratio 55-64 Years - male/female .87
Sex Ratio at Birth - male/female 1.13
Sex Ratio of Total Population - male/female .94
Sex Ratio Over 64 Years - male/female .88

Hong Kong Medical Information

What are the health conditions in Hong Kong?

Medical Facilities and Health Information

Good medical facilities are available, and there are many Western-trained physicians in Hong Kong. Prescription drugs are widely available, although they may have different names from those in the United States. Hong Kong emergency service response times for police, fire, and ambulances are good.

Air pollution is increasingly serious in Hong Kong. Congested vehicle traffic and mainland factories pump out ozone, sulfur, and nitrogen oxides, leading to a visible haze in the atmosphere on most days of the year. Average roadside pollution levels exceed WHO guidelines by 200% and continue to deteriorate, creating health risks for those with allergies, asthma, or cardiac problems.

Hong Kong remains at "Alert" response status for Pandemic Influenza.

Hong Kong Education

What is school like in Hong Kong?

Education Expenditures - percent of GDP 3.5%
Literacy - female 89.6%
Literacy - male 96.9%
Literacy - total population 93.5%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over has ever attended school
School Life Expectancy - female 15 Years
School Life Expectancy - male 15 Years
Total School Life Expectancy - (primary to tertiary) 16 Years

Hong Kong Literacy

Can people in Hong Kong read?

Literacy - female 89.6%
Literacy - male 96.9%
Literacy - total population 93.5%
Literacy Definition age 15 and over has ever attended school
Predominant Language Chinese (Cantonese), English; both are official

Hong Kong Crime

Is Hong Kong a safe place to visit?

Crime Information

Hong Kong has a low crime rate. Even so, you should exercise caution when in congested areas and pay particular attention to personal belongings while in crowded markets and while traveling on public transportation. Violent crime, though rare, does occur.

Don’t buy counterfeit and pirated goods, even if they are widely available. Not only are the bootlegs illegal in the United States, if you purchase them you may also be breaking local law.

Hong Kong Penalties for Crime

Criminal Penalties

While you are traveling in Hong Kong, you are subject to its laws even if you are a U.S. citizen. Foreign laws and legal systems can be vastly different from our own. In Hong Kong you may be taken in for questioning if you don’t have your passport with you. If you are found to be driving under the influence, you could be sent immediately to jail. There are also some things that might be legal in Hong Kong, but still illegal in the United States, and you can be prosecuted under U.S. law if you buy pirated goods. Engaging in sexual conduct with children or using or disseminating child pornography in a foreign country is a crime prosecutable in the United States. If you break local laws in Hong Kong, your U.S. passport won’t help you avoid arrest or prosecution. It’s very important to know what’s legal and what’s not where you are going.

If you violate Hong Kong laws, even unknowingly, you may be expelled, arrested, or imprisoned. Penalties for possession of, use of, or trafficking in illegal drugs in Hong Kong are severe, and if you are convicted, you can expect long jail sentences and heavy fines. In Hong Kong, detained U.S. citizens have been surprised that they had been arrested for violations that would not have resulted in arrest in the United States.

Arrest notifications in Hong Kong: If you are arrested in Hong Kong, authorities of Hong Kong are required to notify the nearest U.S. embassy or consulate of your arrest. If you are concerned the Department of State may not be aware of your situation, you should request the police or prison officials to notify the U.S. Consulate General in Hong Kong of your arrest.

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