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Swaziland

Long Name: Kingdom of Swaziland

Location: Southern Africa, between Mozambique and South Africa

Area: 6,704 sq. mi. (17,363 sq. km)

Climate: varies from tropical to near temperate

Terrain: mostly mountains and hills; some moderately sloping plains

Population: 1,128,814 Population Growth Rate: -0.41%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 26.6 Death Rate (per 1,000): 30.7 Life Expectancy: 31.99 years Ethnic Groups: African 97%, European 3%

Religion: Zionist 40% (a blend of Christianity and indigenous ancestral worship), Roman Catholic 20%, Muslim 10%, other (includes Anglican, Bahai, Methodist, Mormon, Jewish) 30%

Languages: English (official, government business conducted in English), siSwati (official)

Literacy: 81.6%

Government Type: monarchy Capital: Mbabane

Independence: 6 September 1968 (from United Kingdom)

GDP Per Capita: $4,700

Occupations: N/A Currency: lilangeni (SZL)

Sweden

Long Name: Kingdom of Sweden

Location: Northern Europe, bordering the Baltic Sea, Gulf of Bothnia, Kattegat, and Skagerrak, between Finland and Norway

Area: 173,731 sq. mi. (449,964 sq. km)

Climate: temperate in south with cold, cloudy winters and cool, partly cloudy summers; subarctic in north

Terrain: mostly flat or gently rolling lowlands; mountains in west

Population: 9,045,389

Population Growth Rate: 0.157%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 10.15

Death Rate (per 1,000): 10.24

Life Expectancy: 80.74 years

Ethnic Groups: indigenous population: Swedes with Finnish and Sami minorities; foreign-born or first-generation immigrants: Finns, Yugoslavs, Danes, Norwegians, Greeks, Turks

Religion: Lutheran 87%, other (includes Roman Catholic, Orthodox, Baptist, Muslim, Jewish, and Buddhist) 13%

Languages: Swedish, small Sami- and Finnish-speaking minorities

Literacy: 99%

Government Type: constitutional monarchy

Capital: Stockholm

Independence: 6 June 1523 (Gustav Vasa elected king)

GDP Per Capita: $37,500

Occupations: agriculture 2%, industry 24%, services 74%

Currency: Swedish krona (SEK)

Switzerland

Long Name: Swiss Confederation

Location: Central Europe, east of France, north of Italy

Area: 15,942 sq. mi. (41,290 sq. km)

Climate: temperate, but varies with altitude; cold, cloudy, rainy/snowy winters; cool to warm, cloudy, humid summers with occasional showers

Terrain: mostly mountains (Alps in south, Jura in northwest) with a central plateau of rolling hills, plains, and large lakes

Population: 7,581,520

Population Growth Rate: 0.329%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 9.62

Death Rate (per 1,000): 8.54

Life Expectancy: 80.74 years

Ethnic Groups: German 65%, French 18%, Italian 10%, Romansch 1%, other 6%

Religion: Roman Catholic 41.8%, Protestant 35.3%, Muslim 4.3%, Orthodox 1.8%, other Christian 0.4%, other 1%, unspecified 4.3%, none 11.1%

Languages: German (official) 63.7%, French (official) 20.4%, Italian (official) 6.5%, Serbo-Croatian 1.5%, Albanian 1.3%, Portuguese 1.2%, Spanish 1.1%, English 1%, Romansch (official) 0.5%, other 2.8%

Literacy: 99%

Government Type: formally a confederation but similar in structure to a federal republic

Capital: Bern

Independence: 1 August 1291 (founding of the Swiss Confederation)

GDP Per Capita: $40,100

Occupations: agriculture 4.6%, industry 26.3%, services 69.1%

Currency: Swiss franc (CHF)

Syria

Long Name: Syrian Arab Republic

Location: Middle East, bordering the Mediterranean Sea, between Lebanon and Turkey

Area: 71,498 sq. mi. (185,180 sq. km)

Climate: mostly desert; hot, dry, sunny summers (June to August) and mild, rainy winters (December to February) along coast; cold weather with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus

Terrain: primarily semiarid and desert plateau; narrow coastal plain; mountains in west

Population: 19,747,586 Population Growth Rate: 2.189%

Birth Rate (per 1,000): 26.57 Death Rate (per 1,000): 4.68 Life Expectancy: 70.9 years

Ethnic Groups: Arab 90.3%, Kurds,

Armenians, and other 9.7%

Religion: Sunni Muslim 74%, other Muslim (includes Alawite, Druze) 16%, Christian (various denominations) 10%, Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)

Languages: Arabic (official); Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian widely understood; French, English somewhat understood

Literacy: 79.6%

Government Type: republic under an authoritarian military-dominated regime

Capital: Damascus

Independence: 17 April 1946 (from League of Nations mandate under French administration)

GDP Per Capita: $4,700

Occupations: agriculture 19.2%, industry 14.5%, services 66.3%

Currency: Syrian pound (SYP)

 
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