Country profile

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. Cambodia’s extraordinary growth rate, fuelled by textile production, tourism, and agriculture, has allowed it to reduce its poverty rate in recent years.

  • 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

Programme Profile

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
  • Only Khmer citizens can buy real estate in Cambodia