|Sultanate of Oman|
Area 300,000 sq.km. A mountainous land on the southeast coast of Arabia and the strategic tip of the Musandam Peninsula that dominates the entrance to the Arabian/Persian Gulf.
Population (2000) 2,541,739 +3.35%AGR
About 27% of the population and 65% of the workforce are foreign.
Arab 67.1%; South Asian 21%; Mahra 5.1%; Iranian 2.8%; Other 4%.
Literacy 67.1%. Official language Arabic. All languages 13. Languages with Scripture 2Bi 2por 1w.i.p.
A latecomer as a Middle Eastern oil producer. Unemployment 12% among nationals. HDI 0.725; 89th/174. Public debt 18.6% of GNP. Income/person $6,050 (19.2% of USA).
An isolated feudal monarchy until 1970; a benevolent absolute monarchy since then when the Sultan was ousted by his son.
Ibadi Islam is the state religion.
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