The Hong Kong Social and Economic Trends is published biennially in odd-numbered years. It aims to present selected major annual data series relating to various social and economic aspects of Hong Kong for analysis. With the use of tables and charts as well as textual descriptions, this publication is meant to give readers an overview of Hong Kong's social and economic trends in the past decade. This publication also contains a list of major social and economic events about Hong Kong during the period from 1998 to September 2009. Many of the events on the list are those that have shaped Hong Kong's social and economic developments during the period, the effect of which is also reflected in statistics presented in the publication.