Interesting Yemen Facts

Yemen is a coastal country located in Western Asia where it is bordered by Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. It spans 527,968 km2 of land. The overall population of Yemen is thought to be more than 28,250,420.

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Yemen Fact File: Continent: Asia * Country Name(s): Yemen, Republic of Yemen * Location: Western Asia * Bordering: Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea * Capital City: Sana'a * Size: 527,968 km2 * Estimated Population: over 28,250,420 * Currency: Yemeni rial (YER) * Language(s): Arabic * Country Code: +967

Interesting Yemen Facts for Kids

Interesting Facts for Kids 1: Size & location facts
Yemen is located on the continent of Asia, where it has a coastal position and is bordered by Oman, Saudi Arabia, the Gulf of Aden and Red Sea. There are seven continents in the world: Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Europe, Antarctica, Australia (Oceania). Asia is the world's largest continent, it has 48 countries, with some countries belonging to both Asia and Europe, occupies a total area of 43,820,000 km2 and forms 29.5% of the landmass of the world. Yemen is a coastal country that occupies a total area of approximately 527,968 km2. It is of average size when compared to other countries located on the continent of Asia. Yemen is smaller than Afghanistan but larger than Thailand.

Interesting Facts for Kids 2: Population facts
The population of this Asian country is thought to be more than 28,250,420 people. The majority of Yemen's inhabitants reside in Sana'a which is the country's most populous city. Yemen has a fairly high population when compared to most other countries across the world, its overall population density is approximately 43 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 city of Yemen is Sana'a. Other major cities located in this country include Al Hudaydah, Ta‘izz, Aden, Al Mukalla and Ibb.

Interesting Facts for Kids 4: Country borders
The following border information provides details on the length of Yemen's borders:
Coastline 1,906 km, Oman 294 km, Saudi Arabia 1,307 km.

Interesting Facts for Kids 5: Climate and geography facts
Yemen has a hot, dry desert climate characterized by high temperatures and low rainfall. The geography of Yemen is formed of a coastal area, hilly and mountainous regions, and desert plains. The lowest point of Yemen is the Arabian Sea at 0m, and the highest point of elevation is Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb at 3,666m.

Interesting Facts for Kids 6: Natural Resources of Yemen
Natural resources can be defined as materials and substances that occur naturally on Earth. Natural resources are very important across the world, and can be exploited for economic gain. The level of natural resources present in an individual country depends on varying factors which are influenced by the geography, climate and location of that country. Some countries, such as Russia, The United States, Saudi Arabia and Canada, have many natural resources, where as some other countries have limited to none. Food, construction and transport are three primary examples of uses of natural resources. The following information provides examples of these uses: fish occurs naturally in streams, rivers, lakes and oceans, and can be caught for food consumption. Wood/timber can be extracted from forests for construction purposes, i.e. to build homes and furniture. Crude oils can be refined into different kinds of fuels in order to power vehicles/cars. The natural resources of Yemen include petroleum, fish, rock salt, marble, coal, gold, lead, nickel and copper.

Interesting Facts for Kids 7: Language facts
The official language of Yemen is Arabic, which is spoken by the majority of the population.

Interesting Facts for Kids 8: Religion facts
The primary religion of Yemen is Muslim at approximately 99% of the population. The majority are Sunni Muslims, and less than 35% are Shia Muslims. Sunni and Shia are two main branches of Islam. People belonging to the Islamic religion worship Allah. In the English language, the word Allah refers to God in Islam. Those belonging to the religion of Islam believe in one god. Most of Yemen’s population are Muslim and follow the practices of Islam.

Interesting Facts for Kids 9: Symbols of Yemen
Each country across the world has its own unique culture, history and identity. Flags, emblems, symbols, colors, mottos, anthems and songs are used to symbolize the pride and individuality of a nation. These national symbols are forged through a nation's unique history and can represent 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 nation such as wildlife, plants, geographical features, crops, tools of agriculture, and tools of war. The following facts depict some of the national symbols, songs and colors that are important to Yemen:

  • National symbol(s): golden eagle

  • National colors: red, white and black

  • National Anthem/Song: al-qumhuriyatu l-muttahida (Translation: United Republic)

  • National Holiday(s): Unification Day, 22 May (1990)

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