Region : Middle East
Country : Israel
Continent : Asia
National Status : Democracy
City Population : According to the Central Bureau of Statistics, on the eve of Israel's 61st Independence Day, there are 7,243,000 residents in the State of Israel. Since the report published prior to the last Independence Day: The country's population has grown by 93,000 people. 151,000 babies were born. Israel's population today is nearly 9 times bigger than the population on the day the State was established, at which time the population numbered 806,000. In 1948 the city's population numbered 83,984. In June 1967, the reunification of Jerusalem added some 66,000 residents to the population, for a total of 266,300. Jerusalem became the largest city in Israel in 1975. In the 40 years since its reunification, the city's population was multiplied by 2.75 - a total increase of 463,400.
The population of Jerusalem increased by 1.8 percent during 2008, reaching 760,800, or 10% of the total population of Israel.
Some 429,000 Jews and other non-Arabs (65%), and 268,000 Arabs (35%) live in the capital. By religion, the report broke down the population to 476,000 Jews (64%), 247,800 Muslims (33%), 12,600 Christian Arabs (2%) and 2,600 non-Arab Christians (0.3%). One percent had no religious affiliation.
National Capital : Jerusalem
Local Time : 2 hours from GMT (7 hours from Eastern Standard Time.) (10 hours from Pacific Standard Time.)
Official Language : Hebrew, with English as the most frequently spoken foreign language
Currency : New Shekel (NIS)
Religion : Judaism, with Islamic minority.