Thursday, June 24, 2010

Syria, Damascus Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: The Syrian Arab Republic.

Location: Syria is in the Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey.

Country Climate: Mostly desert; hot, dry, sunny summers (June to August) and mild, rainy winters (December to February) along coast; cold weather with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus.

Country Terrain: Primarily semiarid and desert plateau; narrow coastal plain; mountains in west.

Major Languages: Arabic.

Major Religions: Islam.

Country Population: 19.9 million (2008 est.) 20.4 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Syria is that of a middle-income, developing country with a diversified economy based on agriculture, industry, and energy.

Currency: Syrian Pound (SYP).

Country Inflation: 15.2% (2008 est.) 7.5% (2009 est.).

City: Damascus is the capital and largest city of Syria.

City Economy: Damascus is home to a wide range of industrial activity, such as Textile, food processing, Cement and various Chemical industries. The historical role that Damascus played as an important trade center has changed in recent years due to political development in the region as well as the development of modern trade.
Cost of Living: Damascus has an overall cost of living index which equates it with low cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Damascus is currently ranked 202 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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