BACKGROUND Located on the west coast of Peninsular Malaysia, Selangor covers an area of 8,000 sq km.
Given its proximity to Kuala Lumpur, Selangor has become the most important gateway to Malaysia while extensive highway network and excellent rail connections make it easily accessible from the rest of the country.
Being the most developed state in Malaysia, Selangor is home to the country's largest port and airport, as well as many of its institutions of higher learning. Its infrastructure and communications facilities have been rated among the best in the region.
Despite a fast-growing economy, Selangor remains a fascinating land of verdant greenery and rich cultural heritage.
HISTORY Selangor's history dates back to the 16th century when rich tin deposits were found in the region.
The Bugis migrants from Makassar in Celebes, famous for their capabilities as sea traders and warriors, soon rose to prominence in Selangor. By 1700, they had dominated the political scene and established the present Sultanate of Selangor.
In the 18th century, Selangor extended its influence to become a regional political power.
In 1874, the in-fighting between Bugis, Chinese and Malay nobility forced the state to accept a British Resident. In 1896, Selangor was included in the Federated Malay States and later joined the Federation of Malaya in 1948.
In 1974, Kuala Lumpur was ceded to the Federal Government as Federal Territory and the state capital was consequently moved to Shah Alam.
GETTING THERE Selangor is accessible internationally through Port Klang and Kuala Lumpur International Airport at Sepang. The North-South Highway provides easy access from the rest of West Malaysia, Singapore as well as Thailand.