Imports$12.93 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$8.112 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)4.8% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate12.3% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$5,100 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate4% (2010 est.)
Internet users4.469 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular11.696 million (2009)
Population growth rate-0.797% (2012 est.)
Population22,530,746 (July 2012 est.)
About this country
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Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria.
The French administered the area as Syria until granting it independence in 1946.
The new country lacked political stability, however, and experienced a series of military coups during its first decades....
Syrian economic growth slowed to 1.
8% in 2009 as the global economic crisis affected oil prices and the economies of Syria's key export partners and sources of investment.
Damascus has implemented modest economic reforms in the past few years, including cutting lending interest rates, opening private banks, consolidating all of the multiple exchange rates, raising prices on some subsidized items, most notably gasoline and cement, and establishing the Damascus Stock Exchange - which began operations in 2009....
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