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Overview: Syria


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Profile: Syria

- Timeline

- Political structure

- Population,

- Education  

- Health

- Welfare

- Main cities

- Languages spoken

- Media

- Economy

- Agriculture

- Industry and manufacturing

- Tourism

- Mining,

- Hydrocarbons

- Energy

- Financial markets

- Banking and insurance

- Time

- Geography

- Climate

- Dress codes

- Entry requirements

- Health (for visitors)

- Hotels

- Credit cards

- Public holidays

- Working hours

- Telecommunications

- Electricity

- Social customs and useful tips

- Security

- Getting there

- Getting about

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Key Facts

Key Facts:

Key Facts
Official name: Jumhuriya al Arabya as Suriya (Syrian Arab Republic)
Head of State: President Bashar al Assad (since 2000)
Head of government: Prime Minister Wael al-Halki (from 11 Aug 2012)
Ruling party: Al Jabha al Wataniyyah at Wahdwamiyyah (National Progressive Front) (NPF), a coalition of 10 parties led by Hizb al Ba'ath al Arabi al Ishtiraki (Ba'ath Party) (Arab Socialist Rebirth Party) (re-elected Apr 2007)
Area: 185,180 square km (plus 1,295 square km Israeli-controlled Golan Heights)
Population: 20.82 million (2011)*
Capital: Damascus
Official language: Arabic
Currency: Syrian pound (Syr£) = 100 piastres
Exchange rate: Syr£188.82 per US$ (Nov 2015)
GDP per capita: US$2,803 (2010)
GDP real growth: 3.40% (2010)
GDP: US$60.30 billion (2010)
Unemployment: 9.00% (2008)* (Including a percentage of Iraqi refugees)
Inflation: 4.40% (2010)
Oil production: 33,000 bpd (2014)
Natural gas production: 4.40 billion cum (2014)
Balance of trade: -US$3.60 billion (2010)
Annual FDI: US$1.38 billion (2010)
* estimated figure

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