Name:Syria (Syrian Arab Republic)
Local name (Arabic):(ﺔﻳﺭﻮﺴﻟﺍ ﺔﻴﺑﺮﻌﻟﺍ ﺔﻳﺭﻮﻬﻤﺠﻟﺍ) ﺎﻳﺭﻮﺳ
Bordering countries:Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq, Turkey
Status:sovereign state
Surface:185.2 ths. sq. km
Population (2003):17 586 ths.
Capital:Damascus (ﻖﺸﻣﺩ)
Official language:Arabic

Current national symbols

Historical symbols:
Kingdom of Syria (1920)
Syria under French mandate (1921-1941)
Syrian Republic (1941-1958)
Syria in the United Arab Republic (1958-1961)
Syrian Arab Republic (since 1961)

Ethnic and religious minorities

League of Arab States

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