The Portuguese and the Chinese are the people who made possible
the unique blending of the two cultures. The estimated population
of Macau was 442,000 (as at December 1997), with 95% of its population
being Chinese, and the rest being Portuguese, Europeans and others.
The two official languages are Chinese and Portuguese. English is
Macau's third language and is generally used in trade, tourism and
commerce. Another widely spoken dialect is Cantonese.
Cultural and religious tolerance is one of the most notable features
of the historical identity of Macau.
The majority of the Macanese are Buddhists, Taoists or Confucianists
while about 7% of the population are Catholics and the rest are
Protestants, Muslims, Hindus, etcs. who all co-exist side by side
without any apparent ill-will.