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Study in Hong Kong

Celebrated for its fusion of Eastern and Western cultures, traditional elements and modern competitiveness, Hong Kong has established itself as one of Asia’s dominant economic powers – and is also emerging as one of the region’s leading study destinations. With three universities in Hong Kong ranked within the global top 50 and another three in the top 300, this dynamic and diverse city-state boasts one of the world’s most impressive concentrations of internationally ranked institutions – a significant factor behind its inclusion among the world’s top 15 cities for students.

Fast Facts

  • Currency is the Hong Kong dollar (HK$)
  • One of the most densely populated places in the world, with an area of 1,098 sq km and a population of more than seven million
  • International dialling code is +852 and internet domain is .hk
  • Government headed by the Chief Executive
  • Since 1997, Hong Kong has existed under the ‘one country, two systems’ policy – officially part of China, but with its own government and currency.
  • Both Cantonese and English are widely spoken, and both are recognized as official languages.
  • Hong Kong’s International Commerce Centre is the fourth tallest building in the world, at 484m (1,588ft)
  • Ranked the second most expensive city worldwide in Mercer’s 2017 Cost of Living Index
  • Ranked the world’s freest economy in the 2017 Index of Economic Freedom, having now topped this ranking for the 23rd consecutive year
  • As of 2011, services accounted for 93% of Hong Kong’s GDP, with key service sectors including import/export, wholesale and retail, public administration, finance and insurance, real estate, and professional and business services
  • About 92% of the population are of Chinese origin; the next largest groups are from Indonesia, the Philippines and the US.
  • Time zone is UTC+8.