Business Spotlight - - INTERCULTURAL COMMUNICATION - Source: CIA World Fact­book (­brary/ pub­li­ca­tions/the-world­fact­book/geos/is.html)

Cap­i­tal: Jerusalem (with lim­ited in­ter­na­tional recog­ni­tion)

Other main cities: Tel Aviv and Haifa

Head of state: Reu­ven Rivlin

Head of gov­ern­ment: Ben­jamin Ne­tanyahu

Pop­u­la­tion: 8.3 mil­lion (2017 est.)

Of­fi­cial lan­guage: He­brew (the new Na­tion­al­ity Law de­motes Ara­bic from of­fi­cial to “spe­cial” sta­tus)

Cur­rency: new Is­raeli shekel ($1 = ₪3.61)

GDP: $316.5 bil­lion, mak­ing it the world’s 55th-big­gest econ­omy (2017 est.)

GDP an­nual growth: 3.3% (2017 est.)

Un­em­ploy­ment: 4.3% (2017 est.)

In­fla­tion: 0.2% (2017 est.) Main ex­ports: cut di­a­monds, high­tech equip­ment and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cals

Main im­ports: raw ma­te­ri­als, mil­i­tary equip­ment, rough di­a­monds

Re­li­gions: 74.7% Jewish, 17.7% Mus­lim, 2% Chris­tian,

1.6% Druze (2016 est.)

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