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Israel

Israel
Standards
Road Traffic:right side
Electricity:
Voltage:230V
Frequency:50 Hz
Plug types:H, C,
Note:*
TV Systems:
System:PAL B / PAL G
DVD-Region: 2
Geography

Location:
Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Egypt and Lebanon
Area:
total: 20,770 sq km
land: 20,330 sq km
water: 440 sq km
Climate:
temperate; hot and dry in southern and eastern desert areas
Terrain:
Negev desert in the south; low coastal plain; central mountains; Jordan Rift Valley
Economy
GDP: $154.5 billion (2005 est.)
GDP growth rate: 5.2% (2005 est.)
GDP per capita: $24,600 (2005 est.)
Inflation rate: 1.3% (2005 est.)
Currency: new Israeli shekel (ILS); note - NIS is the currency abbreviation; ILS is the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) code for the NIS
Exchange rates:
new Israeli shekels per US dollar - 4.4877 (2005), 4.482 (2004), 4.5541 (2003), 4.7378 (2002), 4.2057 (2001)
People
Population:
note: includes about 187,000 Israeli settlers in the West Bank, about 20,000 in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights, and fewer than 177,000 in East Jerusalem (July 2006 est.)
Growth rate: 1.18% (2006 est.)
Religions:
Jewish 76.5%, Muslim 15.9%, Arab Christians 1.7%, other Christian 0.4%, Druze 1.6%, unspecified 3.9% (2003)
Languages:
Hebrew (official), Arabic used officially for Arab minority, English most commonly used foreign language
Government
Capital:
name: Jerusalem; note - Israel proclaimed Jerusalem as its capital in 1950, but the US, like nearly all other countries, maintains its Embassy in Tel Aviv
time difference: UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
daylight saving time: +1hr, begins last Friday in March; ends the Sunday between the holidays of Rosh Hashana and Yom Kippur
Independence:
14 May 1948 (from League of Nations mandate under British administration)


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