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Basic Information about Syria


              

- Independence:  17 April 1946 (from League of Nations mandate under French administration)

- Land area : 184.040 square Kilometer (71.62 SM)

- Coastline : 193 Km ((120 Miles)

- Population (1992) : 13,740,000

- POPULATION DENSITY: 81.0 per sq km (1995).

- Largest cities (1989 united nations Estimate)

Damascus 1,343,000

Aleppo 1,308,000

Homs 464,000

   

Latakia 258,000

Hama 229,000

- CAPITAL: Damascus. Population: 4,500,000 (1995).

- Government  : Republic

- Languages : Arabic, Kurdish, Armenian, Aramic, Circassian, French

- Religion : 91% Muslims, 9% christian.

- Literacy : 64 %

- International Airports : Aleppo, Damascus

- Time Zone : GMT + 2 (GMT + 3 from March 30 to September 30).

- ELECTRICITY : 220 volts AC, 50Hz. European-style 2-pin plugs.

- Telephone: IDD is available. Country code: 963. Outgoing international code is 00.

- Telegram: Service available from the main telegraph office in Damascus.

- Post: Airmail to Western Europe takes up to one week. Parcels sent from Syria should be packed at the post office. There are post offices in virtually all towns. Post office hours: 0800-1400; larger branches will be open all day.

- Press: Most newspapers will have political or governmental affiliations. The English-language daily newspaper is the government-controlled Syria Times, whilst the most important Arab publications are al-Baath, Tishrin and al-Thawra.BBC World Service and Voice of America frequencies: From time to time these change.

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