The Temple of Bel - Palmyra
photo by Paul Stocker

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Arabic - Syrian pound (SYP)
Area185,180 km2
Electricity220/50 Hz (European plug)
GovernmentRepublic under Emergency Law
Population19,747,586 (July 2008 est)
ReligionSunni Muslim 74%, Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects 16%, Christian (various denominations) 10%, Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)
TimezoneUTC +2(Winter) / +3(Summer)