Kuala Lumpur

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De businesshub voor Kuala Lumpur

Kuala Lumpur is the regional business hub in Southeast Asia. Did you know that more than 250 Dutch SMEs are already active in Malaysia?

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Stats about City


To see how this city (country) is doing economically, we have listed a number of important economic indices. The data comes from the World Bank, so it is reliable and always up-to-date, because it is refreshed automatically. You can also compare the data for this city with that of the other Cities of Opportunity. Click on the plus sign at the top right of the graph and select the relevant country.

Datasource Malaysia Netherlands Updated
Economic Growth (GDP Growth) World Bank - 9.89 % 2020 vs 2019 - 5.42 % 2020 vs 2019 30-07-2021
Gross Domestic Product (GDP) World Bank - 28.02 $ 2020 vs 2019 (billions) + 5.19 $ 2020 vs 2019 (billions) 30-07-2021
Ease of doing business index World Bank + 0.14 Ranking 2019 vs 2018 + 0.01 Ranking 2019 vs 2018 30-07-2021
Gross National Income (GNI) World Bank - 16.38 $ 2020 vs 2019 (billions) + 36.3 $ 2019 vs 2018 (billions) 30-07-2021

Facts and Figures Malaysia

Capital Kuala Lumpur (1,600,000 inhabitants)
Other major cities Seberang Perai (population 820,000) and Kajang (population 795,000)
Average age 29.9 years
Area Surface 330,800 km² – 2017
Population 32,400,000 inhabitants – 2018
Time difference +6 hours on Dutch summer time +7 hours on Dutch winter time
Currency Ringgit (MYR)
Head of state Sultan Abdullah of Pahang
Language Malaysian

Sectors with opportunities 

Healthcare Malaysia knows is a strong innovation drive within the health sector. Medical technology and e-health solutions are in great demand. This is a great opportunity for Dutch companies in the Life Sciences and Health sector.
Sustainability The government of Malaysia is pushing for more ecological sustainability, with the aim that the country will eventually also belong to the ‘developed world’ in this area. The focus is on biomass, biogas, small hydropower plants and waste technology to strengthen the energy sector. The energy sector is currently mainly based on coal technology.
Food Food is by far the favorite pastime of Malaysians. On average, a Malaysian household spends 25% of its income on food. There are plenty of opportunities here for the Dutch retail sector with high-quality western products
Jeroen Haver

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