Cambodia is home to Angkor Wat, the world’s largest temple complex, and a symbol of national pride that features on Cambodia’s flag. Once a French colony, in 1975 the nation came under the control of the Khmer Rouge, a communist party whose regime oversaw the four-year Cambodian genocide, resulting in the death of 25 per cent of the local population. Today, Cambodia is headed by a monarch and is, at least nominally, a parliamentary democracy. However, dominance of the Cambodian People’s Party has caused many to classify the nation’s Government as authoritarian. Having reached lower middle-income status in 2015, Cambodia aspires to attain upper middle-income status by 2030.

  • Official name: Kingdom of Cambodia
  • National anthem: Majestic Kingdom
  • Location: Southeast Asia
  • Capital city: Phnom Penh
  • Official language: Khmer
  • Independence: 9 November 1953, from France
  • Government type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy
  • Head of State: Monarch
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister
  • Basis of legal system: French civil law
  • Currency: Cambodian riel
  • Climate: Tropical


Citizenship by Investment in Cambodia

  • Naturalisation by investment was envisioned in 1996, when relevant provisions were made in Cambodia’s Law on Nationality. Sub-decree 287 of 2013 also affects the process.
  • Two investment options, one for investments that are approved by either the Cambodian Development Council or the Royal Government, another for donations for the restoration and rebuilding of Cambodia’s economy
  • Knowledge of Khmer history and language is required
  • Travel is required to obtain good behaviour, police, and health certificates, as well as to sign the relevant citizenship oath
  • Applicants who choose the investment option must register a residence in Cambodia at the time of the application, although they need not live there. This requirement is waived for applicants who choose to donate
  • Applications are reviewed by the Ministry of the Interior; citizenship is granted by the King by Royal Decree
  • Between three and six months to complete the process
  • In 2013, it was reported by the Cambodian Ministry of Interior that 700 foreign nationals had applied for Cambodian citizenship since 2000
  • Only Khmer citizens can buy real estate in Cambodia