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Yemen Population: 23,013,376
BackgroundNorth Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The British, who had set up a protectorate ar around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in 1967 from what became South Yemen. Three yrs later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states. The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990. A southern secessionist movement in 1994 was quickly subdued. In 2000, Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to a delimitation of their border.
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GeographyStrategic loion on Bab el Mandeb, the strait linking the Red S and the Gulf of Aden, one of world's most active shipping lanes.Loion:Middle st, bordering the Arabian S, Gulf of Aden, and Red S, between Oman and Saudi ArabiaGeographic coordinates:15 00 N, 48 00 r:total: 527,970 sq km
land: 527,970 sq km
water: 0 sq km
note: includes Perim, Socotra, the former Yemen Arab Republic (YAR or North Yemen), and the former People's Democratic Republic of Yemen (PDRY or South Yemen)Size comparison: slightly larger than twice the size of Wyoming
Land Boundaries:total: 1,746 km
border countries: Oman 288 km, Saudi Arabia 1,458 kmCoastline:1,906 kmMaritime claims:territorial s: 12 nm
contiguous zone: 24 nm
exclusive economic zone: 200 nm
continental shelf: 200 nm or to the edge of the continental marginClimate:mostly desert; hot and humid along west coast; temperate in western mountains affected by ssonal monsoon; extraordinarily hot, dry, harsh desert in stTerrain:narrow coastal plain backed by flat-topped hills and rugged mountains; dissected upland desert plains in center slope into the desert interior of the Arabian PeninsulaElevation extremes:lowest point: Arabian S 0 m
highest point: Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb 3,760 mNatural resources:petroleum, fish, rock salt, marble; small deposits of coal, gold, ld, nickel, and copper; fertile soil in westLand use:arable land: 2.91%
permanent crops: 0.25%
other: 96.84% (2005)Irrigated land:5,500 sq km (2003)Natural hazards:sandstorms and dust storms in summerCurrent Environment Issues:limited natural fresh water resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertifiionInternational Environment Agreements:party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertifiion, Endangered Species, Environmental Modifiion, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the S, Ozone Layer Protection
signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements

Population:23,013,376 (July 2008 est.)Age structure:0-14 yrs: 46.2% (male 5,415,385/female 5,218,237)
15-64 yrs: 51.2% (male 5,996,202/female 5,795,779)
65 yrs and over: 2.6% (male 284,195/female 303,578) (2008 est.)Median age:total: 16.7 yrs
male: 16.7 yrs
female: 16.8 yrs (2008 est.)Population growth rate:3.46% (2008 est.)Birth rate:42.42 births/1,000 population (2008 est.)Dth rate:7.83 dths/1,000 population (2008 est.)Net migration rate:NA (2008 est.)Sex ratio:at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 yrs: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 yrs: 1.03 male(s)/female
65 yrs and over: 0.94 male(s)/female
total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2008 est.)Infant mortality rate:total: 56.27 dths/1,000 live births
male: 60.78 dths/1,000 live births
female: 51.54 dths/1,000 live births (2008 est.)Life expectancy at birth:total population: 62.9 yrs
male: 60.96 yrs
female: 64.94 yrs (2008 est.)Total fertility rate:6.41 children born/woman (2008 est.)HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:0.1% (2001 est.)HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:12,000 (2001 est.)HIV/AIDS - dths:NANationality:noun: Yemeni(s)
adjective: YemeniEthnic groups:predominantly Arab; but also Afro-Arab, South Asians, EuropnsReligions:Muslim including Shaf'i (Sunni) and Zaydi (Shia), small s of Jewish, Christian, and HinduLanguages:ArabicLiteracy:definition: age 15 and over can rd and write
total population: 50.2%
male: 70.5%
female: 30% (2003 est.)
GovernmentCountry name:conventional long form: Republic of Yemen
conventional short form: Yemen
local long form: Al Jumhuriyah al Yamaniyah
local short form: Al Yaman
former: Yemen Arab Republic [Yemen (Sanaa) or North Yemen] and People's Democratic Republic of Yemen [Yemen (Aden) or South Yemen]Government type:republicCapital:name: Sanaa
geographic coordinates: 15 21 N, 44 12 E
time difference: UTC+3 (8 hours ahd of Washington, DC during Standard Time)Administrative divisions:19 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah); Abyan, 'Adan, Ad Dali', Al Bayda', Al Hudaydah, Al Jawf, Al Mahrah, Al Mahwit, 'Amran, Dhamar, Hadramawt, Hajjah, Ibb, Lahij, Ma'rib, Sa'dah, San'a', Shabwah, Ta'izz
note: for electoral and administrative purposes, the capital city of Sanaa is trted as an additional governorateIndependence:22 May 1990 (Republic of Yemen was established with the merger of the Yemen Arab Republic [Yemen (Sanaa) or North Yemen] and the Marxist-dominated People's Democratic Republic of Yemen [Yemen (Aden) or South Yemen]); note - previously North Yemen became independent in November 1918 (from the Ottoman Empire) and became a republic with the overthrow of the theocratic Imamate in 1962; South Yemen became independent on 30 November 1967 (from the UK)National holiday:Unifiion Day, 22 May (1990)Constitution:16 May 1991; amended 29 September 1994 and February 2001Legal system:based on Islamic law, Turkish law, English common law, and local tribal customary law; has not accepted compulsory ICJ jurisdictionSuffrage:18 yrs of age; universalExecutive branch:chief of state: President Ali Abdallah SALIH (since 22 May 1990, the former president of North Yemen, assumed upon the merger of North and South Yemen); Vice President Maj. . Abd al-Rab Mansur al-HADI (since 3 October 1994)
hd of government: Prime Minister Ali Muhammad MUJAWWAR (since 31 March 2007)
cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president on the advice of the prime minister
elections: president elected by popular vote for a seven-yr term; election last held 20 September 2006 (next to be held in September 2013); vice president appointed by the president; prime minister and deputy prime ministers appointed by the president
election results: Ali Abdallah SALIH elected president; percent of vote - Ali Abdallah SALIH 77.2%, Faysal BIN SHAMLAN 21.8%Legislative branch:a bicameral legislature consisting of a Shura Council (111 sts; members appointed by the president) and a House of Representatives (301 sts; members elected by popular vote to serve six-yr terms)
elections: last held on 27 April 2003 (next to be held in April 2009)
election results: percent of vote by party - NA; sts by party - GPC 228, Islah 47, YSP 7, Nasserite Unionist Party 3, National Arab Socialist Ba'th Party 2, independents 14Judicial branch:Supreme CourtPolitical parties and lders:eral People's Congress or GPC [Abdul-Kader BAJAMMAL]; Islamic Reform Grouping or Islah [Mohammed Abdullah AL-YADOUMI (acting)]; Nasserite Unionist Party [Abdal Malik al-MAKHLAFI]; National Arab Socialist Ba'th Party [Dr. Qasim SALAM]; Yemeni Socialist Party or YSP [Ali Salih MUQBIL]; note - there are at lst seven more active political partiesPolitical pressure groups and lders:Muslim Brotherhood; Women National Committee
other: conservative tribal groupsInternational organization participation:AFESD, AMF, CAEU, FAO, G-77, IA, IBRD, ICAO, ICCt (signatory), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO (correspondent), ITSO, ITU, ITUC, LAS, MIGA, MINUR, MINURSO, MONUC, NAM, OAS (observer), OIC, OPCW, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNMIL, UNMIS, UNOCI, UNOMIG, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO (observer)Diplomatic representation in the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Abd al-Wahab Abdallah al-HAJRI
chancery: 2319 Wyoming Avenue NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone: [1] (202) 965-4760
FAX: [1] (202) 337-2017Diplomatic representation from the US:chief of mission: Ambassador Stephen A. SECHE
embassy: Sa'awan Street, Sanaa
mailing address: P. O. Box 22347, Sanaa
telephone: [967] (1) 755-2000 ext. 2153 or 2266
FAX: [967] (1) 303-182
EconomyYemen, one of the poorest countries in the Arab world, reported average annual growth in the range of 3-4% from 2000 through 2007. In 2008, growth dropped below 3% as the price of oil declined and the slowing global economy reduced demand for oil. Yemen's economic fortunes depend mostly on declining oil resources, but the country is trying to diversify its rnings. In 2006 Yemen began an economic reform program designed to bolster non-oil sectors of the economy and foreign investment. As a result of the program, international donors pledged about $5 billion for development projects. A liquefied natural gas facility is scheduled to open in 2009. Yemen has limited exposure to the international financial system and no capital markets, however, the global financial crisis probably will reduce international aid in 2009.GDP (purchasing power parity):$60.48 billion (2008 est.)GDP (official exchange rate):$27.56 billion (2008 est.)GDP - rl growth rate:3.2% (2008 est.)GDP - per capita (PPP):$2,600 (2008 est.)GDP - composition by sector:agriculture: 9.4%
industry: 52.4%
services: 38.1% (2008 est.)Labor force:6.494 million (2008 est.)Labor force - by occupation:note: most people are employed in agriculture and herding; services, construction, industry, and commerce account for less than one-fourth of the labor forceUnemployment rate:35% (2003 est.)Population below poverty line:45.2% (2003)Household income or consumption by percentage share:lowest 10%: 3%
highest 10%: 25.9% (2003)Distribution of family income - Gini index:37.7 (2005)Inflation rate (consumer prices):18% (2008 est.)Investment (gross fixed):26.3% of GDP (2008 est.)Budget:revenues: $9.097 billion
expenditures: $10.55 billion (2008 est.)Public debt:31.8% of GDP (2008 est.)Agriculture - products:
Industries:crude oil production and petroleum refining; small-scale production of cotton textiles and lther goods; food processing; handicrafts; small aluminum products factory; cement; commercial ship repairIndustrial production growth rate:
Electricity - production:5.017 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - consumption:3.804 billion kWh (2006 est.)Electricity - exports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Electricity - imports:0 kWh (2007 est.)Oil - production:320,600 bbl/day (2007 est.)Oil - consumption:135,400 bbl/day (2006 est.)Oil - exports:336,600 bbl/day (2005)Oil - imports:62,850 bbl/day (2005)Oil - proved reserves:3 billion bbl (1 January 2008 est.)Natural gas - production:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - consumption:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - exports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - imports:0 cu m (2007 est.)Natural gas - proved reserves:478.5 billion cu m (1 January 2008 est.)Current account balance:-$2.175 billion (2008 est.)Exports:$9.234 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Exports - commodities:crude oil, coffee, dried and salted fishExports - partners:China 23.3%, India 20.4%, Thailand 19.1%, Japan 7.2%, UAE 5%, US 4.2% (2007)Imports:$9.215 billion f.o.b. (2008 est.)Imports - commodities:food and live animals, machinery and equipment, chemicalsImports - partners:UAE 15.1%, China 11.6%, US 7.8%, Saudi Arabia 7.1%, Kuwait 5.3%, Germany 4.8% (2007)Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:$8.306 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Debt - external:$6.472 billion (31 December 2008 est.)Market value of publicly traded shares:$NACurrency ():Yemeni rial (YER)Exchange rates:Yemeni rials (YER) per US dollar - 199.76 (2008 est.), 199.14 (2007), 197.18 (2006), 192.67 (2005), 184.78 (2004)Fiscal yr:calendar yr
CommuniionsTele in use:968,300 (2006)Cellular in use:2.978 million (2006)Telephone system:eral assessment: since unifiion in 1990, efforts have been made to crte a national telecommuniions network
domestic: the national network consists of microwave radio relay, cable, tropospheric ster, and GSM mobile-cellular telephone systems; fixed-line and mobile-cellular teledensity remains low by regional standards
international: country - 967; landing point for the international submarine cable Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG); satellite rth stations - 3 sat (2 Indian Ocn and 1 Atlantic Ocn), 1 Intersputnik (Atlantic Ocn region), and 2 Arabsat; microwave radio relay to Saudi Arabia and DjiboutiRadio broadcast stations:AM 6, FM 1, shortwave 2 (1998)Television broadcast stations:3 (including one Egypt-based station that broadcasts in Yemen); plus several repters (2007)Internet country :.yeInternet hosts:167 (2008)Internet users:320,000 (2007)
TransportationAirports:50 (2007)Airports (paved runways):total: 17
over 3,047 m: 4
2,438 to 3,047 m: 8
1,524 to 2,437 m: 3
914 to 1,523 m: 1
under 914 m: 1 (2007)Airports (unpaved runways):total: 33
over 3,047 m: 3
2,438 to 3,047 m: 8
1,524 to 2,437 m: 5
914 to 1,523 m: 13
under 914 m: 4 (2007)Pipelines:gas 71 km; liquid petroleum gas 22 km; oil 1,309 km (2007)Roadways:total: 71,300 km
paved: 6,200 km
unpaved: 65,100 km (2005)Merchant marine:total: 4
by type: cargo 1, chemical tanker 1, petroleum tanker 1, roll on/roll off 1
registered in other countries: 13 (North Kor 2, Moldova 1, Panama 6, Saint Kitts and Nevis 1, Sierra Leone 2, unknown 1) (2008)Ports and terminals:Aden, Hudaydah, Mukalla
MilitaryA Coast Guard was established in 2002Military branches:Army (includes Republican Guard), Navy (includes Marines), Yemen Air Force (Al Quwwat al Jawwiya al Jamahiriya al Yemeniya; includes Air Defense Force) (2008)Military service age and obligation:voluntary military service program authorized in 2001; 2-yr service obligation (2006)Manpower available for military service:males age 16-49: 5,080,038
females age 16-49: 4,852,555 (2008 est.)Manpower fit for military service:males age 16-49: 3,585,947
females age 16-49: 3,619,195 (2008 est.)

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