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Syria is located in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey.

Population (2014 est) – 17,951,639
Area – 115,100mi
Capital – Damascus

Ethnic Background

  •      Arab – 90.3%
  •      Kurds, Armenians, and Other – 9.7%

Exports – crude oil, minerals, petroleum products, fruits and vegetables, cotton fiber, textiles, clothing, meat and live animals, wheat
Imports – machinery and transport equipment, electric power machinery, food and livestock, metal and metal products, chemicals and chemical products, plastics, yarn, paper

Life Expectancy (2014 est) – M 61 years, F 76 years
Infant Mortality (2014 est) – 15.79 deaths/1,000 live births

Adult Illiteracy Rate – 15.9%

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