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Yemen is a large size country in the south west of Asia.

Yemen has a border on the Arabian Sea, Gulf of Aden and the Red Sea.

The land is a mixture of a narrow coastal plain, mountains and deserts.

The geographical coordinates for the centre of Yemen, also known as lines of latitude and longtitude, are:-
Latitude - 15 00N
Longitude - 48 00E


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yemen The Yemeni flag is 3 equal horizontal stripes of red, at the top, white and black. The colours represent oppression (black), the blood of war (red) and the white showing a bright future.

The capital of Yemen is Sana'a.

At present (2019) there is a civil war in Yemen and so no recognised government.

In elections everyone over the age of 18 used to be able to vote.

The currency in Yemen is the Yemeni riyal.

Arabic is the official language.

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We have already written our own history of England but are asking schools in Yemen to provide us with a detailed history of their own country. Check how here.

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The total land area of Yemen is 527,968 sq kms which is the 13th largest in Asia.

Yemen has no lakes, rivers and canals.

Yemen has boundaries with 2 countries

  • Saudi Arabia 1,307 kms
  • Oman 294 kms

Yemen has a coastline of 1,906 kms which is the 18th longest in Asia.

The highest point in Yemen is Jabal an Nabi Shu'ayb at 3,666 metres.

The pie chart below shows how the land is split between agricultural land (crops and pastures), forests and other, which can be towns, villages, desert or frozen waste called tundra. yemen

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The total population of Yemen is 27.39 million people, making it the 21st largest country in Asia by population.

Of this number 13.53 million are females and 13.86 million are males.

A person from Yemen is called a Yemeni.

To be a citizen of Yemen, your father must be a citizen of Yemen. If your father is unknown then your mother must be a citizen of Yemen. It is not sufficient to be born in Yemen. You have to live in Yemen for 10 years before you can begin to apply for citizenship.

The largest five cities in Yemen, by population are:-

  • Sana'a 1,937,451 people
  • Al Hudaydah 617, 871
  • Ta‘izz 615,222
  • Aden 550,602
  • Al Mukalla 258,132
For each country we will give you a diagram showing the population density. This is the average number of people for each square kilometre. yemenEach little Owlbut is 1 person and the big yellow rectangle is 1 sq km. After a while you can compare countries and see which ones are the most crowded. Remember it is only an average as more people live closer together in towns and cities than in villages out in the country.


34.6% of the people live in cities or towns.

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The birth rate in Yemen is 29.2 births per 1,000 of population

The death rate in Yemen is 6.1 deaths per 1,000 people.

Check this against the birth rate. If the death rate is higher than the birth rate then the population will decrease unless immigrants arrive in the country.

There are 43.1 deaths of girls under 1 year per 1,000 of births and 51.1 deaths of boys.

The median age for females is 19.6 and for males is 19.3. The median age is that age which divides the population exactly in half so there are the same number of people above the median age as below it.

The average age of a woman when she has her first child is 21.4.

The elderly dependency ratio is 5.1. This is the number of elderly people (ages 65+) per 100 people of working age (ages 15-64).

The potential support ratio is 19.8. This is the number of working-age people (ages 15-64) per one elderly person (ages 65+). As a population ages, the potential support ratio tends to fall, meaning there are fewer potential workers to support the elderly.

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Yemen spends 5.6% of its total income on health care.

There are 0.20 doctors per 1,000 people.

There are 0.7 hospital beds per 1,000 people.

17.1% of the population are estimated as obese.

72.0% of the urban population and 46.5% of the rural population have drinking water that is either piped into their home or they have access to a public tap, a protected borehole, well, spring or protected rainwater collection facility.

92.5% of the urban population and 34.1% of the rural population have access to a flushing toilet that is connected to a sewer. a pit latrine (that is a permanent hole in the ground that is looked after) or a composting toilet.


Yemen releases 22.0 million metric tons of carbon dioxide by burning fossil fuels in the process of producing and consuming energy. This puts it as the 31st highest in Asia.

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We have no figures for the amount of its total income Yemen spends on education.

Children usually start school at age 6 in Yemen. Primary education is for six years until age 12 and secondary education must continue till 15 but can go on to 18/19. This may be followed by further education at a university or college.

We are waiting for information on school terms in Yemen.

55% of females and 85.1% of males are able to read and write by the age of 15.

24.5% of all people aged between 16 and 24 are not in work. Among females 34.6% are unemployed while with males 23.5% can't find work.

The total number of people available for work in Yemen is 7.43 million.

yemenThey work in the following sectors.

  • Agriculture includes farming, fishing and forestry work
  • Industry includes mining, manufacturing, construction and energy workers
  • Services is everything else
27.0% of the workforce are unemployed.

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There are 17 paved airports in Yemen, which is the 30th highest number in Asia.

There are 11,268 kilometres of railways in Yemen, the 9th longest in Asia.

There are 6,200 kilometres of roads in Yemen, which means Yemen is in 37th place for the most kilometres of roads in Asia.

There are 2 major national newspapers in Yemen.

There are 16.43 million mobile phone users.

4% of the people have a fixed landline.


6.73 million people have access to the internet at home via any device (computer or mobile).

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