Interesting Israel Facts

Israel is a coastal country located in Western Asia where it is bordered by Egypt, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, the Dead Sea, Gulf of Aqaba and Mediterranean Sea. It spans across 22,072 km2 of land. The estimated population of Israel is over 8,321,570.

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Israel Fact File: Continent: Asia * Country Name(s): Israel, State of Israel * Location: Western Asia * Bordering: Egypt, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, the Dead Sea, Gulf of Aqaba and Mediterranean Sea * Capital City: Jerusalem * Size: 22,072 km2 * Estimated Population: over 8,321,570 * Currency: Israeli new shekel (ILS) * Language(s): Arabic and Hebrew * Country Code: +972

Interesting Israel Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Israel is located on the continent of Asia, where it has a coastal position and is bordered by Egypt, Gaza Strip, Jordan, Lebanon, Syria, West Bank, the Dead Sea, Gulf of Aqaba and Mediterranean Sea. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Asia is the largest continent in the world, it has 48 countries, with some countries belonging to both Asia and Europe. It spans a total area of 43,820,000 km2 and forms 29.5% of the world's landmass. Israel is a coastal country that stretches across a total area of approximately 22,072 km2. It is a small country occupying part of the Middle East.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this Asian country is over 8,321,570 people. The majority of Israel's inhabitants reside in Jerusalem which is the country's most populous city. Israel has an average population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 352 people per sq km. The estimated population of Asia is approximately 4,393,296,000 inhabitants, making it the continent with the largest population in the world. The continents in order of population, starting with highest population first, are: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Australia (Oceania Region) and Antarctica. The total population of the entire world is in excess of 7.6 billion people.

Interesting Facts for Kids 3: Capital & major cities
The capital of Israel is Jerusalem. The names of other major cities located in this country are West Jerusalem, Haifa, Tel Aviv, Ashdod and Rishon LeZiyyon.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following details provide a guide to Israel's approximate border lengths:
Coastline 273 km, Egypt 208 km, Gaza Strip 59 km, Jordan 307 km, Lebanon 81 km, Syria 83 km, West Bank 330 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Israel has a temperate climate for the most part, with eastern and southern regions receiving mainly hot and arid conditions. The geography of Israel consists of lowland and coastal plain, the Jordan Rift Valley and mountainous regions located central of the country, and the Negev Desert to the south. Lake Tiberias, also known as the Sea of Galilee, is a freshwater lake situated in Israel. The Dead Sea is one of the lowest points on Earth and one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world. The River Jordan occurs in Israel and has major biblical significance as it was the location of the baptism of Jesus. The lowest point of Israel is the Dead Sea at -431m, and the highest point of elevation is Har Meron at 1,208m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Israel
Natural resources can be described as materials and substances found naturally occurring on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of resources that occur naturally in an individual country are influenced by varying factors such as the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries are very rich in natural resources, where as others have limited to none. Countries that have particularly rich resources include Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada. Three of the primary uses of natural resources are food, transport and construction. The following examples provide information on the everyday uses of natural resources: Fish occurs naturally in many bodies of water and can be caught for food consumption. Crude oils can be refined into various fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests and used to construct houses and furniture. The natural resources found in Israel include timber, potash, copper ore, natural gas, phosphate rock, magnesium bromide, clays and sand.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official languages of Israel are Hebrew and Arabic. Most of the population communicates via Hebrew, where as Arabic is generally spoken among the Arab minority. Another language that is spoken in this country is English.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The main religion of Israel is Jewish at approximately 74% of the population. Around 17% are Muslim and 2% Christian. The remaining population either belongs to other religions or no religion at all.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Israel
Every country has its own unique culture, history and identity. Flags, symbols, emblems, mottos, songs, anthems and colors are used by countries worldwide to represent national pride and identity. These national symbols are formed through the unique history of a nation and are symbolic of both hardship and prosperity, embodying freedom, strength and unity. Flags, emblems, songs, mottos and colors reflect the past, present and future hopes of a country, and create an important image to the rest of the world. National symbols can include a mixture of things that are symbolic to a country such as animals, birds, flowers, trees, geographical features, tools of agriculture, crops, and tools of war. The following facts and information provide a guide to some of the most important national symbols, songs and colors of Israel:

  • National symbol(s): Star of David (Magen David), menorah (seven-branched lampstand)

  • National colors: blue and white

  • National Anthem/Song: Hatikvah (Translation: The Hope)

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