Palestinian Territory
in Western Asia
Asia

National active POI Bordering countries
Location Summary
Currency and Currency Code:
Shekel - ILS
Spoken languages:
Arabic
Local electricity:
Mobile phone / cellular frequencies (MHz):
ISO 2-Letter code:
PS
Internet top level domain:
.ps
Country phone prefix:
+970
Local Time (capital):
Timezone:
UTC/GMT offset: hours
Current travel safety evaluation for Palestinian Territory in Western Asia

Safety Score: 3,3 of 5.0 based on data from 9 authorites. Meaning please reconsider your need to travel to Palestinian Territory.

Travel warnings are updated daily. Source: Travel Warning Palestinian Territory. Last Update: 2019-06-26 07:24:07

Explore Palestinian Territory

Palestinian Territory with its capital is located in Asia (Middle East, west of Jordan). It covers some 5,861 square kilometers (slightly smaller than Delaware) with 2,747,940 citizens. Arabic is the official language used in Palestinian Territory. Egypt, Israel and Jordan are bordering countries.

Palestinian Territory consist of two physically separate entities, the West Bank and the Gaza Strip and are not considered part of any sovereign nation. Trek along the path that took Joseph and Mary from Nazareth to Bethlehem. Walk along the settings that the Patriarch Abraham wandered through during his journey across the Levant region. The Abraham trail is a joint project with branches in Turkey, Jordan, Israel and Palestine.

Popular Destinations in Palestinian Territory

Administrative regions of Palestinian Territory

About the country

The topography is mostly rugged, dissected upland in west, flat plains descending to Jordan River Valley to the east. The average density of population is about 469 per km². The climate in Palestinian Territory can be described as temperate with temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters. Potential natural disasters are droughts.

To reach someone Palestinian Territory dial +970 prior to a number. The local cellular networks are operated on . Websites typically end with the top level domain ".ps". If you want to bring electric appliances (e.g. battery chaarger), keep in min the local . The sign for the locally used currency Shekel is ILS.

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Flag of Palestinian Territory

From the early 16th century through 1917, the area now known as the West Bank fell under Ottoman rule. Following World War I, the Allied powers (France, UK, Russia) allocated the area to the British Mandate of Palestine. After World War II, the UN passed a resolution to establish two states within the Mandate, and designated a territory including what is now known as the West Bank as part of the proposed Arab state. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the area was captured by Transjordan (later renamed Jordan). Jordan annexed the West Bank in 1950. In June 1967, Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War. With the exception of East Jerusalem, roughly 60% of the West Bank remains under Israeli military control. Israel transferred security and civilian responsibility for a number of Palestinian-populated areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under a series of agreements signed between 1993 and 1999, the so-called “Oslo Accords.” Negotiations to determine the permanent status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip stalled after the outbreak of an intifada in mid-2000. In early 2003, the "Quartet" of the US, EU, UN, and Russia, presented a roadmap to a final peace settlement by 2005, calling for two states - Israel and a democratic Palestine. Following Palestinian leader Yassir ARAFAT's death in late 2004 and the subsequent election of Mahmud ABBAS (head of the Fatah political faction) as PA president, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to move the peace process forward. Israel in late 2005 unilaterally withdrew all of its settlers and soldiers, dismantled its military facilities in the Gaza Strip, and redeployed its military from several West Bank settlements, but it continues to control maritime, airspace, and other access. In early 2006, the Islamic Resistance Movement, HAMAS, won the Palestinian Legislative Council election and took control of the PA government. Attempts to form a unity government failed, and violent clashes between Fatah and HAMAS supporters ensued, culminating in HAMAS's violent seizure of all military and governmental institutions in the Gaza Strip. Fatah and HAMAS have made several attempts at reconciliation, but the factions have been unable to implement details on governance and security. In an attempt to reenergize peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, France in June 2016 hosted a ministerial meeting that included participants from 29 countries, although not Israel or the Palestinians, to lay the groundwork for an envisioned "multilateral peace conference" later in the year.

Geography

Area
Total (World Rank: 172) 5,860sq km
Land (World Rank: 170) 5,640sq km
Water (World Rank: 133) 220sq km
Forest (World Rank: 72) 24.90%
Comparative slightly smaller than Delaware
Note includes West Bank, Latrun Salient, and the northwest quarter of the Dead Sea, but excludes Mt. Scopus; East Jerusalem and Jerusalem No Man's Land are also included only as a means of depicting the entire area occupied by Israel in 1967
Landborder
478
Elevation
Lowest point (World Rank: 73) -408m
Highest point (World Rank: 162) 1,020m
Agricultural land
Total (World Rank: 92) 43.30%
Arable (World Rank: 132) 7.40%
Permanent crops (World Rank: 27) 11.00%
Permanent pastures (World Rank: 72) 24.90%
Irrigated land (World Rank: 129) 240sq km
Map reference
Middle East
Environment
Issues
  • - adequacy of freshwater supply
  • - sewage treatment
Hazzards droughts
Location
Middle East, west of Jordan, east of Israel
Climate
temperate; temperature and precipitation vary with altitude, warm to hot summers, cool to mild winters
Terrain
mostly rugged, dissected upland in west, flat plains descending to Jordan River Valley to the east

People

Population
Total (World Rank: 141) 2,747,940
Deathrate (World Rank: 215) 0.35%
Birthrate (World Rank: 46) 2.63%
Growthrate (World Rank: 56) 1.84%
Migration rate (World Rank: 152) -0.45%
Fertility rate (World Rank: 47) 3.27%
Median age
Male (World Rank: 180) 20.90
Female (World Rank: 184) 21.30
Age structure
0 14 male (World Rank: 121) 514,691
0 14 female (World Rank: 121) 488,233
15 24 male (World Rank: 131) 299,859
15 24 female (World Rank: 129) 287,367
25 54 male (World Rank: 143) 475,860
25 54 female (World Rank: 141) 461,252
55 64 male (World Rank: 149) 64,275
55 64 female (World Rank: 149) 60,507
65 x male (World Rank: 149) 43,060
65 x female (World Rank: 150) 52,839
Health
Infant mortality rate (World Rank: 104) 1.41%
Life expectancy total (World Rank: 109) 75years
Life expectancy female (World Rank: 119) 77years
Life expectancy male (World Rank: 97) 73years
Physicians per 1000 (World Rank: 99) 1.30
Hospital bed per 1000 (World Rank: 140) 1.20
Sanitation access total (World Rank: 86) 92.30%
Drinking water access (World Rank: 188) 58.40%

Energy

Electricity
Production (World Rank: 166) 475,000,000kWh
Consumption (World Rank: 115) 5,845,000,000kWh
Import (World Rank: 36) 5,403,000,000kWh
Source fossil (World Rank: 60) 92.10%
Source renew (World Rank: 70) 9.20%
Refined products
Consumption (World Rank: 138) 19,000bbl / day
Import (World Rank: 119) 18,690bbl / day
Natural gas
Consumption (World Rank: 173) 1
Carbon footprint
3000000

Nation

Budget
Education (World Rank: 169) 1% of GDP
Surplus (World Rank: 24) 1% of GDP
Adjective
NA
Noun
NA
Background
From the early 16th century through 1917, the area now known as the West Bank fell under Ottoman rule. Following World War I, the Allied powers (France, UK, Russia) allocated the area to the British Mandate of Palestine. After World War II, the UN passed a resolution to establish two states within the Mandate, and designated a territory including what is now known as the West Bank as part of the proposed Arab state. During the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, the area was captured by Transjordan (later renamed Jordan). Jordan annexed the West Bank in 1950. In June 1967, Israel captured the West Bank and East Jerusalem during the 1967 Six-Day War. With the exception of East Jerusalem, roughly 60% of the West Bank remains under Israeli military control. Israel transferred security and civilian responsibility for a number of Palestinian-populated areas of the West Bank and Gaza Strip to the Palestinian Authority (PA) under a series of agreements signed between 1993 and 1999, the so-called “Oslo Accords.” Negotiations to determine the permanent status of the West Bank and Gaza Strip stalled after the outbreak of an intifada in mid-2000. In early 2003, the "Quartet" of the US, EU, UN, and Russia, presented a roadmap to a final peace settlement by 2005, calling for two states - Israel and a democratic Palestine. Following Palestinian leader Yassir ARAFAT's death in late 2004 and the subsequent election of Mahmud ABBAS (head of the Fatah political faction) as PA president, Israel and the Palestinians agreed to move the peace process forward. Israel in late 2005 unilaterally withdrew all of its settlers and soldiers, dismantled its military facilities in the Gaza Strip, and redeployed its military from several West Bank settlements, but it continues to control maritime, airspace, and other access. In early 2006, the Islamic Resistance Movement, HAMAS, won the Palestinian Legislative Council election and took control of the PA government. Attempts to form a unity government failed, and violent clashes between Fatah and HAMAS supporters ensued, culminating in HAMAS's violent seizure of all military and governmental institutions in the Gaza Strip. Fatah and HAMAS have made several attempts at reconciliation, but the factions have been unable to implement details on governance and security. In an attempt to reenergize peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, France in June 2016 hosted a ministerial meeting that included participants from 29 countries, although not Israel or the Palestinians, to lay the groundwork for an envisioned "multilateral peace conference" later in the year.

Economy

Gdp
Purchasing power parity (World Rank: 144) 21,220,000,000USD
Real growth rate (World Rank: 36) 5.30%
Per capita purchasing power parity (World Rank: 173) 4,300USD
Source agriculture (World Rank: 153) 2.90%
Source industry (World Rank: 147) 20.90%
Source service (World Rank: 102) 62.70%
Labourforce
Total (World Rank: 137) 1,202,000
In poverty (World Rank: 115) 18.00%
Products
Industries
  • - mother-of-pearl souvenirs
  • - olive-wood carvings
  • - quarrying
  • - small-scale manufacturing
  • - soap
  • - textiles
Agriculture
  • - beef
  • - citrus fruit
  • - dairy products
  • - olives
  • - vegetables
Exports
  • - fruit
  • - limestone
  • - olives
  • - stone
  • - vegetables
Imports
  • - chemicals
  • - construction materials
  • - consumer goods
  • - food
  • - petroleum

Communication

Phone
Landline total (World Rank: 99) 406,500
Landline per 100 (World Rank: 135) 9.00
Mobile per 100 (World Rank: 171) 76.00
Assessment 0
Internet
Users (World Rank: 100) 2,673,000
Population (World Rank: 103) 57.40%

Transport

Air
Airports paved (World Rank: 188) 2.00
Heliports (World Rank: 72) 1.00
Road
Total length (World Rank: 153) 4,686
Paved length (World Rank: 102) 4,686