The richest and most developed Malaysian state with the country’s highest GDP, Selangor is large and offers advanced infrastructure and splendid natural surroundings. It in fact surrounds Kuala Lumpur, which was once part of it before becoming a federal territory and national capital.

Just like KL, Selangor boasts some of the country’s largest and most stylish shopping complexes, with most concentrated in the Petaling Jaya, Damansara and Bundar Sunway areas. Designer brands, multiplex cinemas, thematic attractions and endless gastronomic options means these are go-to spots for many locals, be it for family outings, meet ups with friends or just to chill out.

Fancy something a little more local? Commercial areas and neighbourhoods are full of Malay warungs, Chinee kopitiams and Indian curry houses that dish up flavour packed grub at wallet-friendly prices.

The state offers plenty of cultural and historical attractions like Batu Caves, a Hindu temple set inside a limestone hill atop a colourful flight of 272 steps that is often featured in documentaries and travel shows. Beautiful mosques are also a sight to behold, such as the Sultan Salahuddin Abdul Aziz Shah Mosque – besides being the state mosque, it is also the country’s largest. History buffs will enjoy spending time in the many museums and galleries, learning a bit about the state’s tin mining and pewter amongst other things.

Venture out of the crowded city centres and you will find lots of relaxing greenery and idyllic small towns steeped in old world charm. Coastal beaches make ideal venues to enjoy relaxing picnics and seafood, whilst hilly trails and waterfalls provide ample challenge for hiking and outdoor enthusiasts. You can also take in the tranquil scenery of paddy fields.

Many expatriates choose to live in Selangor as there are numerous international schools and universities for their children. The residential options are also endless. Condominiums are the most popular choice here, offering lavish facilities and good security in line with modern expectations. The only problem you will have, is choosing your preferred neighbourhood out of the many desirable addresses available.

Safe to say, Selangor has it all. Even the country’s main airport – the Kuala Lumpur International Airport or KLIA – is located within the state’s boundaries.


Area Total 8,104 km2 (3,129 sq mi)
Population (2018) Total 6,448,400
Demonym(s) Selangorean / Selangorian
Demographics (2015) Ethnic composition
  • Malay: 52.24%
  • Chinese: 25.52%
  • Indian: 12.12%
  • Other Bumiputera: 1.32%
  • Non-Malaysian citizen: 8.08%
  • Others: 0.72%
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