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Yemen

About Yemen

Map of Yemen © U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook

Map of Yemen © U.S. Central Intelligence Agency's World Factbook

Location
Middle East, bordering the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden, and Red Sea, between Oman and Saudi Arabia

Area
527,968 sq km

Population
26,052,966 (July 2014 est.)

Age structure
0-14 years: 41.7%
15-24 years: 21.1% 
25-54 years: 30.9% 
55-64 years: 3.7% 
65 years and over: 2.6% (2014 est.)

Median age
18.6 years

Population growth rate
2.72% (2014 est.)

Ethnic groups
predominantly Arab; but also Afro-Arab, South Asians, Europeans

Religions
Muslim (Islam - official) including Shaf'i (Sunni) and Zaydi (Shia), small numbers of Jewish, Christian, and Hindu

Government type
Republic

Capital
Sanaa

Legislative Branch
Bicameral legislature consisting of a Shura Council and a House of Representatives

Judicial Branch
Supreme Court

Gross Domestic Product
$61.63 billion (2013 est.); per capita: $2,500 (2013 est.)

GDP Growth Rate
3.8% (2013 est.)

Languages
Arabic

Literacy
(Age 15 and over can read and write)
total population: 65.3%
male: 82.1%
female: 48.5% (2011 est.)

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