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Wednesday 22 February 2012


Ministry of Education
2 Devora Haneviah Street
91911 Jerusalem, Israel
Tel: +972 2 560 3707/2
Fax: +972 2 560 3706


Conventional Name: State of Israel (Medinat Yisra’el).

Surface area: 20,770 kmĀ².

Comparison with a European country: about half the size of The Netherlands.

Capital: Israel considers Jerusalem as its capital. Only Honduras and San Salvador have their diplomatic representations in the city, all the other countries represented in Israel have their embassy in Tel Aviv.

Population : 6.172.000

Young people under 25 Years Old: 27%

GDP: 125,481 million US $.

Ethnic background: Jewish 80% (Europe and America origin 32%, Israel origin 20.8%, Africa origin 14.6%, Asia origin 12.6%), non-Jewish 20% (mostly Arabs), (see: Israeli citizenship).

Religions: Jewish 80.1%, Muslims 14.6% (mostly Sunni), Christians 2%, others 3.2%.

Language: Hebrew (official), Arabic used officially for Arab minority, English most commonly used foreign language.

Currency (2002): 1 new Israeli Shekel (NIS) = 100 new Agorot. (1 NIS= 0,24 US $)

Unemployment Rate (2002): 9,2%

Year of independence: 14th May 1948 from The League of Nations mandate under British administration.

Date of UN Membership: 11 May 1949.

Political System: Republic, elected parliament, multipartism.

Formalities: Passport valids for six months after the return date, no visa required for stays of less than 3 months

Sources (figures) : Economist Intelligence Unit, UN Population Database, CIA.

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