Country Profile

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OMAN – COUNTRY PROFILE



Introduction

In 1970, QABOOS bin Said Al Said ousted his father and has ruled as sultan ever since. His extensive modernization program has opened the country to the outside world and has preserved a long-standing political and military relationship with the UK. Oman’s moderate, independent foreign policy has sought to maintain good relations with all Middle Eastern countries.


People

Population:

2,903,165
note: includes 577,293 non-nationals (July 2004 est.)

Age structure:

0-14 years: 42.4% (male 628,078; female 603,829)
15-64 years: 55.1% (male 955,765; female 643,687)
65 years and over: 2.5% (male 38,761; female 33,045) (2004 est.)

Median age:

total: 19.3 years
male: 22.1 years
female: 16.4 years (2004 est.)

Sex ratio:

at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
15-64 years: 1.49 male(s)/female
65 years and over: 1.17 male(s)/female
total population: 1.27 male(s)/female (2004 est.)

Religion :

Ibadhi Muslim 75%, Sunni Muslim, Shi’a Muslim, Hindu


Government

Government type:

monarchy

Political parties and leaders:

none


Economy

GDP – per capita:

purchasing power parity – $13,100 (2004 est.)



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