Quick Facts

  • Officially the Syrian Arab Republic
  • Gained independence from France in 1946
  • Cessation from the UAE in 1961
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Population: 17,064,854
  • Capital: Damascus (pop. 2.566 million)
  • Climate: hot and dry with mild winters
  • Divided into 14 governorates
  • Economy: largely dependent on the oil and agriculture sectors with economy highly regulated by the government
  • Official religion: Islam
  • Literacy rate: 86.4%
  • Currently involved in major civil conflict against the Baath party in power.
  • 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 republic under an authoritarian regime
  • Chief of state: President Bashar al-Asad (since 2000)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Wael al-Halqi (since 2012)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Infant mortality rate: 15.61/1,000
  • Maternal mortality rate: 68/100,000
  • Life expectancy: 74.69 years
  • Health expenditures: 3.3% GDP
  • Physicians density: 1.46/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 1.5/1,000
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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