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Learn more about Syria.
Flag of Syria Syria
Population: 18,016,874 (July 2004 est.)
Capital: Damascus
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An Introduction to Syria
Following the breakup of the Ottoman Empire during World War I, Syria was administered by the French until independence in 1946. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. Since 1976, Syrian troops have been stationed in Lebanon, ostensibly in a peacekeeping capacity. In recent years, Syria and Israel have held occasional peace talks over the return of the Golan Heights.

Syria map

Map of Syria ( Location ) : 35 00 N, 38 00 E, Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey. For additional reports and educational information specific to Syria, refer to the Country Info menubar to the upper right.

About the Flag The Syrian Flag
Three equal horizontal bands of red (top), white, and black, colors associated with the Arab Liberation flag; two small green five-pointed stars in a horizontal line centered in the white band; former flag of the United Arab Republic where the two stars represented the constituent states of Syria and Egypt; similar to the flag of Yemen, which has a plain white band, Iraq, which has three green stars (plus an Arabic inscription) in a horizontal line centered in the white band, and that of Egypt, which has a gold Eagle of Saladin centered in the white band; the current design dates to 1980.

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Facts
Some interesting facts and figures about Syria.

Pop Growth Rate / Year:
    • 2.4%

Avg. Life Expectancy:
    • 68.47 yrs - Male
    • 71.02 yrs - Female

Phone Lines:
    • 2,099,300 (2002)

Televisions:
    • 1.05 million (1997)

Radios:
    • 4,150,000 (1997)

Internet Code:
    • .sy

Did you know ... People from Syria are called Syrians
 

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Data Source: Central Intelligence Agency 2004 World Factbook