Background Information About Israel

Official Name: The State of Israel
Form of Rule: parliamentary democracy
Capital City: Jerusalem
Area: 21,643 square kilometers
Population: 8 million residents (2013 estimation)
Distribution by Religion: 76.5% Jews, 16% Muslims, 2% Christians, 1.5% Druze, 4% others
Official Languages: Hebrew, Arabic
Currency: New Israeli Shekel
Quality of Life Classification: 22nd place in the world GDP Per Capita: 32,312 (2012 estimation)
International Dialing Code: 972
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Location: In the Middle East, on the narrow region connecting Africa and Asia. The State is built upon most of the region known as the Land of Israel.

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