Population of Israel
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8,000 sq miles
263 miles long – North to South
Width: between 9 and 71 miles wide (East to West)
[Note: Israel could fit into Florida 8 times]
Arable land useful for farming 15.45%
Rest are metropolitan areas, mountains
Jews: 5,978,600 (75.4%)
Arab (Muslim, Druze): 1,636,600 (20.6%)
Others: 318,000 3%
Jewish 75.6%, Muslim 16.9%, Christian 2%, Druze 1.7%, other 3.8% (2008)
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Declaration of Independence: 14 May 1948
Official Languages: Hebrew and Arabic
Rivers: One – the Jordan River
6.7 billion people
12.9 million Jews (0.2% of the world population)
1.48 billion Muslims (25% of the world population)
Israeli workforce holding university degrees: 24%
- ranking Israel third in the industrialized world after the US and Netherlands.
Israeli workforce holding advanced degrees: 12%
Israel Unemployment rate
8.5% (2006 est.)
Israeli Population below poverty line
22.6% (2005) including 34% of children.
Israel is on a climatic crossroad, which is a transitional area between a temperate and arid climate. The southern and eastern areas of Israel are characterized by an arid climate, while the other areas are characterized by a Mediterranean climate.
Due to this climatic formation, there is high variability in the amount of precipitation from year to year, and in the different areas of the country.