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Welcome to Syria


Syria (Syrian Arab Republic)

  • Area: 185,180 sq km (71,498 sq miles).
  • Capital: Damascus
  • Currency: Syrian Pound (SYP)
  • Dialing Code: 963
  • Driving Side: Right
  • Language: Arabic, Kurmanji
  • Population: 18.6 million people
  • Religion: Islam (Sunni, Alawite, Druze), Christianity
  • Time Zone: EET (UTC +2)/EEST (UTC +3)

Syria, officially known as the Syrian Arab Republic, is a country in South Western Asia, North of the Arabian Peninsula in the Middle East, at the eastern end of the Mediterranean Sea. It is bordered by Turkey to the North, Lebanon to the South-West, Jordan and Iraq to the east, Isreal to the South.

Syria is officially divided into 14 governorates (including disputed territories). Though the country has been declared secular, Islam is still the major religion. More than 90% of the population is Muslim, with the majority being Sunni. Christians and Jews, mostly in Damascus, make up the rest of the population.

The country is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups, including Syrian Arabs, Kurds, Greeks, Turks, Armenians, Assyrians, Circassians, and Mandeans