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    Syria People - 1990

      Population: 12,483,440 (July 1990), growth rate 3.8% (1990); in addition, there are 13,500 Druze and 10,500 Jewish settlers in the Israeli-occupied Golan Heights

      Birth rate: 44 births/1,000 population (1990)

      Death rate: 6 deaths/1,000 population (1990)

      Net migration rate: 0 migrants/1,000 population (1990)

      Infant mortality rate: 38 deaths/1,000 live births (1990)

      Life expectancy at birth: 68 years male, 70 years female (1990)

      Total fertility rate: 6.7 children born/woman (1990)

      Nationality: noun--Syrian(s); adjective--Syrian

      Ethnic divisions: 90.3% Arab; 9.7% Kurds, Armenians, and other

      Religion: 74% Sunni Muslim; 16% Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects; 10% Christian (various sects); tiny Jewish communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo

      Language: Arabic (official), Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian; French widely understood

      Literacy: 49%

      Labor force: 2,400,000; 36% miscellaneous and government services, 32% agriculture, 32% industry and construction); majority unskilled; shortage of skilled labor (1984)

      Organized labor: 5% of labor force

      NOTE: The information regarding Syria on this page is re-published from the 1990 World Fact Book of the United States Central Intelligence Agency. No claims are made regarding the accuracy of Syria People 1990 information contained here. All suggestions for corrections of any errors about Syria People 1990 should be addressed to the CIA.

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