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National symbols
 

FLAG
It is divided in two colours, white and red separated by a succession of five triangles imitating a hacksaw edge and represents the five pillars of Islam.


EMBLEM

Coat of Arms of Bahrain
First designed by Charles Belgrave, a British governor of Bahrain in 1932

 

NATIONAL ANTHEM
Our Bahrain (Bahrainona)
   
Our Bahrain,

   Our King,

   A symbol of Harmony

   Its constitution is high in the place and          position

  Its charter follows the Shari´a, Arabism and    the values

   Long live the Kingdom of Bahrain!

   Country of nobles,

   Cradle of peace

   Its constitution is high in the place and          position

  Its charter follows the Shari´a, Arabism and    the values

   Long live the Kingdom of Bahrain!


Natural Resources
MINERALS: Oil & Gas


WILDLIFE: Rich in fish and amphibians as well as birds. Hawar Islands is one of the world recognized places for the abundance of migratory seabirds.  Gazelles and other 17 species of mammals are found in Bahrain.
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Government
 

GOVERNMENT TYPE: Constitutional monarchy where the monarchy is hereditary and the prime minister and cabinet are appointed by the king.  The parliament consists of 80 members equally formed by appointed members (shura council) and elected members (chamber of deputies).


CONSTITUTION: Adopted on 14th February 2002.


LEGISLATURE: The National Assembly consists of the Chamber of Deputies with 40 elected members, and the Shura Council with 40 members appointed by the king


LEGAL SYSTEM: A mixed legal system combining Islamic law and English common law.


ELECTIONS: Universal suffrage at 20 years of age although there is a draft law to lower the age at 18 years. The last general elections took place in 2010 although special elections were held on September 2011 to fill the 18 seats left by the withdrawal from the Parliament of the members of Al Wefaq party. Four women were elected to the Council of Representatives, the largest number of women in such position in the history of Bahrain. Next elections are scheduled for 2014.


Location
& Geography


LOCATION: Bahrain is a small island located in the Persian Sea. The island is connected in the East to the mainland Saudi Arabia through King Fahd Causeway, a four lane 25 kms succession of roads and bridges built in at a cost of roughly USD800.  Qatar is only around 30 kilometers away and there is also an advanced project to build the so-called “Friendship Bridge” that will connect the two countries before 2022, when Qatar will host the football World Cup.  Iran is located to the West at the other end of the Persian sea at around 1,575 kilometers.


AREA: It is an archipielago of 33 islands that cover a total area of 750 sq km. The main island is Bahrain which is the most populated and connected to the largest other islands Um al Nassaum, Muharrab and Sitra by bridges.


COASTLINE: 161 kms


TERRAIN: Low desert terrain with the highest point of the island Jebel Al-Dukhan  or Mountain of Smoke located at the south of the island and reaching 134 m/440ft and popular for camping at winter time.


WEATHER: Desert temperature with hot summers that can reach 50ºC and mild winters with temperatures that can go down to 10ºC.  The best time of the year to travel there is during the months of March and April.


CAPITAL: Manama

PROVINCES: Bahrain is divided in 13 provinces and 12 Municipalities that include
Muharraq, Manama, Northern Region, Western Region, Central Region, Rifa and Southern Region, Hawar Islands, Jidd Haffs, Hedd, Sitra, Isa Town and Hamad Town.


MAIN CITIES: Manama, Muharraq, Sitra and Isa Town.
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People


POPULATION: 1, 28 million of which 584,688 are bahrainis and the rest non nationals. The majority of the population of Bahrain is between the ages of 20 to 50 years old.

POPULATION OF REGION: Manama (capital): 153 mil and Muharraq: 91 mil


Population growth rate:  2,6%

RELIGIONMuslim (Shia and Sunni) 81.2%, Christian 9%, other 9.8% (2001 census)


LANGUAGE: Arabic is the official language of Bahrain. English is commonly used especially in business environments and is the compulsory second language at school. Urdu, Farsi is also spoken by the foreign working population of Bahrain.


LITERACY: 95% of the population. 


UNEMPLOYMENT RATE: 3,8 percent

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GDP

 

GDP (Purchasing Power Parity): $28 billion (2012 est.)

GDP Growth: 3, 9% (2012 est.) – 5, 8% (2013 est.)

GDP per Capita: $24,200 (2012 est.)

GDP by sector: Industry 50%; services 49% and agriculture 0, 4%

Electricity, Oil & Gas

CRUDE OIL RESERVES: 107.2 million bbl (1 January 2013 es)
OIL PRODUCTION: 192,800 bbl/day (2012 est.)

NATURAL GAS RESERVES: 92.03 billion cu m (1 January 2012 es)

NATURAL GAS PRODUCTION: 12.58 billion cu m (2010 est.)

ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION: 13.16 billion kWh (2011 est.)

ELECTRICITY CONSUMPTION: 12.97 billion kWh (2011 est.)
JUDICIAL BRANCH: High Civil Appeals Court

POLITICAL PARTIES: Political parties are prohibited but political societies were legalized in 2001. The largest legal opposition group is the Shia based movement al-Wefaq National Islamic Society.  Its members of the parliament resigned in 2011 due to the government repression of the uprising and where replaced by independents in a specially orchestrated elections.
INTERNATIONAL AFFILIATIONS: ABEDA, AFESD, AMF, CAEU, CICA, FAO, G-77, GCC, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees),

 ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFC, IFRCS, IHO, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM (observer), IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), LAS, MIGA, NAM, OAPEC, OIC, OPCW, PCA, UN, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO.

Budget & Monetary indicators

 

REVENUES: $8.466 billion
EXPENDITURES: $8.911 billion (2012 est.)

DEFICIT: -1.7% of GDP (2012 est.)

EXTERNAL DEBTS: 16, 7 billion (2012 est.)

PUBLIC DEBT: 54% of GDP (2012 est.)

INFLATION RATE: 2, 7% (2012 est.)

INTERNATIONAL RESERVES: $4.8 billion (2012 est.)
 

Commercial Balance


Total Exports: $21.3 billion (2012 est)

Main Exported Products:  Petroleum and petroleum products, aluminium and textiles

Main Exports Destinations: Saudi Arabia 3.3%, UAE 2.2%, Japan 2%, Qatar 1.9% (2011)

Total Imports: $15.00 billion (2012 est.)

Main Imported Products: Crude oil, machinery, chemicals

Main imports sources: Saudi Arabia 28.2%, US 10.5%, China 7.6%, Brazil 6%, India 5.7%, Germany 4.8%, Japan 4.1% (2011)

Industries: Petroleum processing and refining; aluminium smelting; offshore and Islamic banking and insurance, ship repairing and tourism.

Sources: CIA Worldfact book, Economist Intelligence Unit, World Bank, IMF, Government of Bahrain and Wikipedia

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