- Capital: Shah Alam
- Area: 8,000 sq. km
- Language: Malay
- Best Season: All Year
- Weather: 23C - 33C
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Selangor is the most populated and prosperous state of Malaysia. It is home to the largest port in the country, Port Klang. Selangor owes its prosperity to its advantageous geographical location and rich natural resources. Selangor, with an area of approximately 8,000 sq. km, extends along the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia at the northern outlet of the Straits of Malacca.
Selangor surrounds the capital city of Kuala Lumpur with green suburban arms and industrial tracks and a large proportion of Selangor's population lives around the Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur.
Selangor is dominated by fishing villages on the coast and the Kampung inland. It is also famous for the extraordinary Batu caves and the Genting Highlands-one of the finest hill stations of Malaysia
Selangor's history dates to the 16th century, when rich tin deposits were found in the region. The area's natural wealth, along with its relative freedom from the presence of the Dutch, attracted miners, immigrants and colonizers. One especially important group of settlers was the Bugis-Malay people from Macassar in Celebes. Kuala Selangor Dam, SelangorBugis were renowned for their capabilities as sea traders and warriors and they soon rose to prominence in Selangor. By 1700 they dominated the state both politically and economically and had established the present Sultanate of Selangor.
Over the course of the eighteenth century, Selangor extended its sphere of influence to become a regional political power. As the western colonial presence increased over the following century, infighting between the Bugis, Chinese and Malay nobility forced Selangor to accept the presence of a British Resident in 1874. In 1896, the British included Selangor in the Federated Malay States, at about the same time that rubber cultivation began in Malaysia. In 1948 the state joined the Federation of Malaya.
In 1957 the Federation became an independent state within the Commonwealth of Nations. In 1974, the country's capital city of Kuala Lumpur and some of the surrounding areas were ceded to the Federal Government for the establishment of Wilayah Persekutuan, a Federal Territory.