Saudi Arabia

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  • Area: 2,149,690 sq. km (830,000 sq. mi.)
  • Population: 28,160,273 (2016 est.)
  • Population growth rate: 1.46% (2016 est.)
  • Life expectancy: 75.3 years (2016)
  • Languages: Arabic (official)
  • Religions: Muslim (official; citizens are 85-90% Sunni and 10-15% Shia), other (includes Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh) (note: non-Muslim places of worship are prohibited)
  • Formal name: Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
  • Alternate names: Al Mamlakah al ‘Arabīyah as Su‘ūdīyah, Al-Mamlaka al-‘Arabiya as-Sa‘udiya, As Su‘ūdīyah, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabian Kingdom
  • Government type: absolute monarchy
  • Leaders: chief of state and head of government: King and Prime Minister SALMAN bin Abd al-Aziz Al Saud
  • Capital: Riyadh
  • Administrative divisions: 13 provinces
  • GDP per capita (PPP): $53,600 (2015 est.)
  • Exports: petroleum and petroleum products 90% (2012 est.)
  • Imports: machinery and equipment, foodstuffs, chemicals, motor vehicles, textiles
  • Currency: Saudi riyal (SAR)

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