|Syrian Arab Republic|
Area 185,180 sq.km. Fertile plain on Mediterranean coast; 60% desert in centre and east but crossed by Euphrates River.
Population (2000) 16,124,618 +2.57%AGR
Capital Damascus 2,550,000.
Literacy 71%. Official language Arabic. All languages 17. Languages with Scripture 4Bi 2NT 1por 4w.i.p.
Oil and agriculture are important. HDI 0.663; 111th/174. Public debt 98% of GNP. Income/person $1,120 (3.6% of USA).
Independent from France in 1946.
Prior to 1973 Islam was the religion of the state.
7 in 2 agencies.
19 in 7 agencies.
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