Cambodian Culture

Other Considerations

  • Consider what attire you are wearing if you are visiting a school or house. Singlets with thin straps that expose your shoulders, skirts that sit above the knee or not wearing a shirt are sometimes considered too revealing in Cambodia. Moreover, you will not be allowed inside a temple if your shoulders or knees are exposed.
  • The terms ‘Khmer’ and ‘Cambodian’ are used interchangeably in most contexts. One important exception is when referring to the Khmer Rouge, whereby it would be incorrect to call it ‘the Cambodian Rouge’.
  • In Cambodia, the question ‘where are you going?’ is often used in the same way the phrase ‘how are you?’ is used in Australia. It is not necessarily a literal enquiry about your destination but rather used as a way to ask about your well-being. An acceptable response would be ‘just down the road’.
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  • Population
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Languages
    Khmer (Official) (96.3%)
    Other (3.7%)
    [2008 est.]
  • Religions
    Buddhism (Official) (96.9%)
    Islam (1.9%)
    Christianity (0.4%)
    Other (0.8%)
    [2008 est.]
  • Ethnicities
    Khmer (97.6%)
    Cham (1.2%)
    Chinese (0.1%)
    Vietnamese (0.1)
    Other (0.9%)
    [2013 est.]
  • Australians with Cambodian Ancestry
    45,728 [2016 census]
Cambodians in Australia
  • Population
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Cambodia.
  • Average Age
  • Gender
    Male (45.4%)
    Female (54.6%)
  • Religion
    Buddhism (79.5%)
    Catholic Christianity (2.6%)
    Other (7.0%)
    No Religion (7.9%)
    Not Stated (3.1%)
  • Ancestry
    Cambodian (58.5%)
    Chinese (33.2%)
    Vietnamese (1.8%)
    Other (3.0%)
    Not Stated (3.5%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Khmer (68.2%)
    Cantonese (8.4%)
    Min Nan (6.0%)
    English (5.8%)
    Other (11.6%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 54.9% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    Victoria (40.1%)
    New South Wales (39.3%)
    South Australia (9.8%)
    Queensland (5.4%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (72.1%)
    2001-2006 (11.5%)
    2007-2011 (11.8%)
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