Where is Israel?

Located in the Middle East, Israel has a 1,068.00 km border with Egypt (208 km), Gaza Strip (59 km), Jordan (307 km), Lebanon (81 km), Syria (83 km) and West Bank (330 km).The West Bank and Gaza Strip are Israeli-occupied with current status subject to the Israeli-Palestinian Interim Agreement.

Israel is an Asian country covering 20,770.00 km2 of which 2.12% is water and 20,330.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 46th smallest country in the world and slightly larger than New Jersey. Its geographic coordinates are 31 30 N, 34 45 E and Jerusalem is the capital city.

The country is named for the ancient Kingdom of Israel.

Its ISO code is IL.

Geography

Israel has a mean elevation of 508 m above sea level. Its lowest elevation is Dead Sea which is -408m below sea level. Its highest elevation is Har Meron which is 1,208m above tall.

It has a temperate climate which is hotter and drier in the desert areas of the east and south. Its terrain consists of desert in the south, low coastal plains, and central mountains.

Population

Israel has a population of 8,174,527 making it the 98th largest in the world. The majority of the population is concentrated in and around Tel-Aviv.

Hebrew is the spoken language. The major ethnic group reported is Jewish. The majority of the population is Jewish.

The dialing code for the country is 972.

Government

Israel is an independent country. It gained independence from the League of Nations in 1948. There is no formal constitution for Israel.

Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Israel's GDP is $297,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $34,800.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 56th largest economy and its citizens the 52nd richest in the world. The currency of Israel is the Shekel (ILS).

Its major export partners are the United States, Hong Kong, and the United Kingdom. Its main exports are machinery and equipment, software, cut diamonds, and agricultural products. Its major import partners are the United States, China, and Switzerland. Its major imports include raw materials, military equipment, and investment goods.

This page was last modified on September 6th, 2017