Israel Facts

My Israel Facts page will provide you with Israel's vital statistics as well as some answers to frequently asked questions about the country.


Quick Facts and Numbers:

Area: 22,000 km² or 8,500 mi². So yes, Israel is a small country. In fact it is about the size of New Jersey!

Population: 7.4 million. Click here to get more detailed info about the population of Israel.

Government: Parliamentary democracy

Israel country code / phone code: 972

What is the time in Israel?

Where is Israel?
Click here and I will help you find it.


Here are a few other Israel facts:

Israeli Flag

Here is an image of the Israeli flag:

Pretty simple really. Two blue stripes and in the middle - The Star of David - also in blue. The background is white. The Star of David or Magen David (as it is pronounced in Hebrew) is an ancient Jewish symbol.


Israeli Currency

The Israel currency is called the sheqel or shekel. This name was taken from an ancient biblical currency with the same name (click on the text link above for more info and for a currency converter).


Every 1 Sheqel is divided into 100 Agurot.
$1 U.S. = approx. 4 shekel.
Or
1 shekel = one U.S. quarter (more or less).


Electricity in Israel

If you plan to bring your hair dryer, electronic devices or your massage couch on your trip to Israel... Please remember that the power voltage in Israel is 220 volts. You may need a power converter if your devices are 110 volts, for example.


Maps of Israel

Here are a few maps of Israel I edited using the great tools of Google Maps: for a map of the whole country click here. If you need more detailed maps by areas:

Click here for a map of Jerusalem

Click here for a map of Tel aviv

Click here for a map of the Dead Sea Area


Weather in Israel

Our Israel weather forecast page will help you to get the current conditions and a 5-day weather forecast. If you want to learn more about the general weather conditions according to the seasons and the different areas of Israel then click here.


Languages

The primary language spoken is Hebrew, which is being spoken by all Jewish people. A secondary language is Arabic, which is spoken by the Israeli Arabs.

If you don’t speak the above languages – fear not! Most everybody – and especially young people - speak pretty good English.

Israel is nothing like France or Italy…

…If you can express yourself in English to any slight degree – you will never get lost.

Another language that can come in handy is Russian. Since a big immigration wave of Russian Jews came during the 90’s, this language can be heard quite often on the streets of Israel.

In general Israelis are very communicative people and love to help, so I’m sure you will do just fine.


Religion in Israel

The majority of people in the country are Jews – over 75%. However there are other religions being practiced as well. In my Israel Religion page you will find a short explanation and some raw data about the subject of religion in Israel.


Culture of Israel

Israel has a somewhat complex social culture. In this page I will tell you more about it.


Israeli Newspapers

Do you need up to date information about recent events in Israel?

Click here for the online versions of Israel's best newspapers


Kibbutz

What the heck is a kibbutz?!

Well, it is a collective community that you will only find in Israel. You can read more on the subject in my kibbutz in Israel page.


Aliyah to Israel

Last but not least, Aliyah is the term used to describe Jewish people that are coming back from the Diaspora to the land of Israel. Click here for my Aliyah page.






Learn some facts about the Real Estate Market in Israel

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