Quick Facts

  • Officially the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Kingdom founded in 1932
  • Location: Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen
  • Capital: Riyadh (pop. 6.195 million)
  • Population: 27,752,316
  • Divided into 13 provinces
  • Economy: petroleum based
  • One of the most sparsely populated countries in the world
  • Climate: desert type with high temperatures in the daytime and sharp temperature drops at night
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Literacy rate: 94.7%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • A unitary Islamic absolute monarchy
  • Chief of state and head of government: King and Prime Minister Salman bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud (since 2015)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 12/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 14.09/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 75.05 years
  • Health expenditures: 3.2% GDP
  • Physicians density: 2.49/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 2.1/1,000
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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