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Syria 2009 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015f
Nominal GDP ($bn) 53.9 60.0 na na na na na
GDP per capita ($) 2,557 2,807 na na na na na
Real GDP growth (annual change, %) 5.9 3.4 na na na na na
Government revenue (% of GDP) 23.9 20.8* na na na na na
Government total expenditure (% of GDP) 26.7 28.6* na na na na na
General government debt (gross, % of GDP) 31.2 20.0* na na na na na
Current account balance (% of GDP) -2.9 -2.8* na na na na na
Inflation (%) 1.7 6.3 na na na na na
Population (millions) 21.1 21.4 na na na na na
Unemployment (%) 8.1 8.6 na na na na na
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Source: International Monetary Fund, World Economic Outlook Database; Last updated: February 2015; *=Estimate

News & analysis

US/Turkey agreement on air strikes on Isis positions in Syria

US and Turkey reach agreement over air strikes in Syria Subscription

26 August 2015 | By

Turkey has been carrying out air attacks on Isis and Kurdish forces since July

A US Marine Corps F-35B joint strike fighter jet

US air strikes kill Isis deputy leader Subscription

23 August 2015 | By

Hajji Mutazz was in charge of operations in Iraq


Turkey calls Nato meeting on Syria Subscription

27 July 2015 | By

Instability spills over Syrian border

Turkey's Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu

Ankara launches air strikes against Isis Subscription

26 July 2015 | By

Turkey joins international community as it carries out anti-Isis assaults in Syria and Iraq

US Secretary of State John Kerry (left) with Hossein Fereydoun (centre), the brother of Iran's President Hassan Rouhani, and Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif (right) before announcing the nuclear deal

Syrian regime hails Iran deal Subscription

15 July 2015 | By

Bashar al-Assad hails nuclear deal as “great victory”

Damage: Conflict shows no sign of slowing down

Syria in a state of disarray Subscription

14 July 2015 | By

Approaching its fifth year, the Syrian conflict shows no signs of slowing down and, with the international community increasingly divided over the legitimacy of all parties, trade relations have reached a halt with a country that had historically secluded its economy from the developing world.Desperate times

Smoke rises from an explosion in the Syrian town of Kobani

Syria receives financial support from Iran Subscription

9 July 2015 | By

Trade relations have reached a halt as the Syrian war shows no signs of slowing down

Corruptioin perception and press freedom in Mena

Tackling the problem of corruption Subscription

1 July 2015 | By Dominc Dudley

The region’s policies to weed out malpractice and fraud are rarely seen as effective

Saudi Arabia army

MEED board report, June 2015 Subscription

15 June 2015 | By

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

Syrian war: The conflict is now in its third year

Diplomacy has few advocates in the Middle East Subscription

2 June 2015 | By Dominic Dudley

More than 100,000 lost their lives in 2014

In addition to air strikes, the US and its allies have implemented new sanctions targeting the economic bases of the Al-Assad’s regime and Isis

Key Isis figure killed in Syria Subscription

17 May 2015 | By

Finance and energy leader allegedly killed by US special forces in a rare ground raid

Saudi Defence Minister Prince Mohammed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud (C) at a defence exhibition in February

MEED board report, May 2015 Subscription

7 May 2015 | By

Key events and trends in the region over the past month and their impact on the outlook for the Middle East and North Africa

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Syrian International Islamic Bank

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Formed in 2006 to capitalise on the opening up of Syria’s financial sector

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Syrian Petroleum Company Subscription

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    Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi Subscription

    22 January 2015

    Head of Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (Isis)

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    Supply of vehicle tyres

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