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Location:

Palestine is located in South-West Asia and is in the heart of the Middle east, on the eastern shore of the Mediterranean. To its north are Syria and Labanon, to its south the Gulf of Aqabaand the Sinai Peninsula, and on its east is Jordan.
The West Bank and Gaza, which were occupied by Israel in the war of 1967, became known after Oslo as the Areas of the Palestinian National Authority.

Area & Topography:

The whole area of Palestine is approximately 27,000 sq.km. Israel exists on 75% of its area. The West Bank territories are 5,970 sq.km. gaza's area is 365 aq.km.

Capital of Palestine:

Jerusalem

Major Cities:

West Bank:
(North): Jenin, Tulkarem, and Nablus
(Center): Jerusalem, Jericho, and Ramallah
(South): Bethlem, Hebron

Gaza:
Gaza City, Khan Younis, Rafah

Climate:

A Mediterranean climate prevails in Palestine. Summers are hot and dry. Winters are rainy and cold. The weather in Gaza is fair and warm in winter, and hot and dry in the summer. The average temperature in the West Bank in the summer is 29 degrees Celsius, in winter it is 12 degrees Celsius.

Airports:

Gaza International Airport.

Demography:

The Palestinian population in the West Bank and Gaza (1996 figures) is 2,534,603.
The total Palestiniaqn population throughout the world is 7.8 million. (1.1 million in Israel)
Palestinian refugees registered with UNRWA (1994 figures) is 1.15 million.
Palestinians under the age of 15 represent 51% of the total number of Palestinians.
Growth rate (1992 figures) 5.75%
Mortality rate is 31 per 1,000
Average life-expectancy is 66 years

Economic Indicators:

Gross Domestic Product 1996: 3.9 billion US dollars (East Jerusalem not included)
per-capita income 1996: $1634
Exports 1996: $382.3 million
Imports 1996: $1,565 million
Private Investment 1996: $255.8 million
Public Investment 1996: $239.5 million

Currency:

US Dollar, Jordanian Dinar, and New Israeli Shekel

Language:

Official Language is Arabic.
In addition to Arabic, a large percentage of the population speak English, and many speak Hebrew and French.

Time Zone:
G.M.T + 2 hours (in winter)
G.M.T + 3hours (in summer)

Religions:
Islam and Christianity

Government:
Yasser Arafat, Elected President of the PNA
Ministerial Cabinet
Legislative Council

National Day:
November 15

Higher Education:
Community Colleges, seven universities.

Weights and Measures:
Metric system.

Some Industries:
Construction materials, textiles, garment, pharmaceutical products, and agro-industry.

Some Agricultural Products:
Olives, grapes, citrus fruits, vegetables, and flowers.

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