Saudi Arabia – GENERAL INFORMATION – Facts and Figures

Area          total: 1,960,582 sq km         land: 1,960,582 sq km         water: 0 sq km

Population: 26,417,599

note: includes 5,576,076 non-nationals (July 2005 est.)

Ethnic groups 

        Arab 90%         Afro-Asian 10%

Capital: Riyadh, population 3,100,000

Largest Cities 

        Mecca – 970,000         Medina – 610,000        Ad Dammam – 490,000

Official Language: Arabic

Religion: Muslim 100%

Political system: monarchy

GDP: purchasing power parity – $310.2 billion (2004 est.)   

GDP per head: purchasing power parity – $12,000 (2004 est.) 

GDP – composition by sector

        agriculture: 4.2%         industry: 67.2%         services: 28.6% (2004 est.)

Inflation: 0.8% (2004 est.)

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