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Country (long form) Kingdom of Bahrain
Capital Manama
Total Area 239.38 sq mi
620.00 sq km
(3.5 times the size of Washington, DC)
Population 645,361
note: includes 228,424 non-nationals (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 973,412
Languages Arabic, English, Farsi, Urdu
Literacy 85.2% total, 89.1% male, 79.4% female (1995 est.)
Religions Shi'a Muslim 70%, Sunni Muslim 30%
Life Expectancy 70.81 male, 75.67 female (2001 est.)
Government Type constitutional monarchy
Currency 1 Bahraini dinar (BD) = 1,000 fils
GDP (per capita) $15,900 (2000 est.)
Industry petroleum processing and refining, aluminum smelting, offshore banking, ship repairing; tourism
Agriculture fruit, vegetables; poultry, dairy products; shrimp, fish
Arable Land 1%
Natural Resources oil, associated and nonassociated natural gas, fish, pearls
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Geography of Bahrain

Bahrain, officially, Kingdom of Bahrain, a small island nation of southwestern Asia.

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History of Bahrain

Bahrain was the site of Dilmun, a trade center that thrived intermittently from about 2600 to 600 B.C.