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Facts and Figures

Capital City
Jerusalem (712,000)

Population
7,933,200

Area total
20,770 sq km

Water
440 sq km

Land
20,330 sq km

Currency
New Israeli Shekel (NIS)

Languages
Hebrew (official), Arabic and English (widely spoken)

Religions
Jewish (75%), Muslim (15%), others

Time
Standard time: 2 hours ahead of GMT (GMT +2).

Daylight-Saving time
GMT +3 (Effective on April 1-Oct. 3).

Standard time:
2 hours ahead of GMT (GMT +2).


Power supply
220 volts at 50 Hertz. Three pin sockets also match double-pin European electrical appliance plugs

Political system
Parliamentary democracy

GDP
Purchasing power parity - $129 billion (2004 est.)

GDP per head
Purchasing power parity - $20,800 (2004 est.)

GDP - composition by sector
Agriculture: 2.8%
Industry: 37.7%
Services: 59.5% (2003 est.)

Annual growth
3.9% (2004 est.)

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