Cambodia Facts & Figures

Facts About the Cambodia

Reviewed by Kathleen Peddicord

Kathleen is the Live and Invest Overseas Founding Publisher. She has more than 30 years of hands-on experience traveling, living, and buying property around the world.

Angkor Wat Temple in Siem Reap, Cambodia
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Information TypeCambodia Data
Population16,718,965 (2020 est.)
Gross Domestic Product (GDP)US$28 billion (2020 est.)
GDP Per Capita$1338 (2020 est.)
Inflation Rate1.55% (2020 est.)
CurrencyRiels (KHR)
Exchange Rate Versus U.S. Dollar4,065 Cambodian riel (2020 est.) per US dollar
LanguageKhmer (official) 96.3%, other 3.7%
CapitalPhnom Penh
Population of Capital City2,077,725
Time ZoneGMT/UTC + 7 hour
SeasonsTropical; rainy, monsoon season (May to November); dry season (December to April); little seasonal temperature variation
International Dialing Code855
Electricity230 V/ 50 Hz
System of Governmentmultiparty democracy under a constitutional monarchy
Name and Party Affiliation of Current LeaderPrime Minister HUN SEN (since 14 January 1985) [co-prime minister from 1993 to 1997]; Permanent Deputy Prime Minister MEN SAM AN (since 25 September 2008); Deputy Prime Ministers SAR KHENG (since 3 February 1992)
Income Tax Rate for Residents0% – 20%
Property Tax0.1%
Capital Gains TaxCambodia does not impose a separate tax on capital gains. Gains arising from the disposal of real property and other
assets are treated as ordinary income and are therefore subject to tax at the prevailing CIT/ToP rate
Inheritance Taxnone
Rental Income TaxIncome from leasing real estate properties earned by nonresident individuals is subject to withholding tax at 14%.
Transfer TaxRegistration Tax is levied at a rate of 4% on transfer of ownership of real property or transfer of occupancy right of land without building in the form of sale, exchange, receiving gift, putting capital in company.
Sales Tax10%
Restrictions on Foreign Ownership of PropertyUnder the current rules, foreign property investments must be made in the name of a Cambodian national, and many are unwilling to risk losing their assets to unscrupulous local partners.
Local Chamber of Commerce
American Chamber of Commerce
Primary Exportsclothing, timber, rubber, rice, fish, tobacco, footwear
Residency and Visa RequirementsThe country does not offer any extended visa specifically for retirees. Instead you can turn up at the airport unannounced and get a one-year visa, renewable at the end of the 12 months, on arrival.
Special Benefits for Foreign Residents or RetireesRequirements for a business or an employment visa in Cambodia can be quite lax. Again, working as little as a day or two per month (or less) or finding a local agent specializing in business visas can be all you need to obtain a longer-stay visa.
National AirlineNone

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