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Syria

Flag: Syria
Geography
 
Location:Bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey
Area:Total: 185,180 sq km Land: 184,050 sq km Water: 1,130 sq km note: includes 1,295 sq km of Israeli-occupied territory
Land boundaries:Total: 2,253 km It has borders with Iraq 605 km, Israel 76 km, Jordan 375 km, Lebanon 375 km and Turkey 822 km
Map: Syria
Climate:Mostly desert
People
 
Population:19,314,747
Age structure:0-14 years: 36.5% (male 3,633,562/female 3,423,435) 15-64 years: 60.1% (male 5,952,275/female 5,664,236) 65 years and over: 3.3% (male 303,346/female 337,893) (2007 est.)
Ethnic groups:Arab 90.3%, Kurds, Armenians, and other 9.7%
Religions:Sunni Muslim 74%, other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%, Christian (various denominations) 10%, Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)
Languages:Arabic (official); Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian widely understood; French, English somewhat understood
Government
 
Government type:Republic under an authoritarian military-dominated regime
Capital:Damascus
Independence:17 April 1946 (from League of Nations mandate under French administration)
Legal system:Based on a combination of French and Ottoman civil law. Islamic law is used in the family court system
Economy
 
GDP (purchasing power parity):$78.04 billion (2006 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP):$4,100 (2006 est.)
GDP - composition by sector:Agriculture: 24.8% industry: 25.1% services: 50.1% (2005 est.)
Industries:Petroleum, textiles, food processing, beverages, tobacco, phosphate rock mining, cement, oil seeds crushing
Currency (code):Syrian pound (SYP)




This article was compiled with the aid of the CIA World Fact book.



 
 
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