United States compared to Syria

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make 94.9% less money


United States United States ($57,300 per capita)
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Syria Syria ($2,900 per capita)
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United States has a GDP per capita of $57,300, while in Syria, the GDP per capita is $2,900.
Category: United States vs. Syria - GDP Per Capita

pay 44.4% less in taxes


United States United States (39.6% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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Syria Syria (22% top marginal tax rate - Jan 2016)
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In United States, citizens pay a top marginal tax rate (the highest tax rate you can pay) of 39.6%. In Syria, the top marginal tax rate is 22%.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Tax Rate

live 4.9 years less


United States United States (79.8 years)
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Syria Syria (74.9 years)
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In United States, the life expectancy is (on average) 79.8 years. In Syria, the average life expectancy is 74.9 years.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Life Expectancy

consume 91.8% less electricty


United States United States (12,077 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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Syria Syria (989 kWh per capita - 2014 est.)
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United States consumes around 12,077 kWh per capita of electricity per year. In Syria, that number is 989 kWh per capita.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Electricity Consumption

have 73.6% more babies


United States United States (12.5 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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Syria Syria (21.7 babies per 1,000 people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, there are approximately 12.5 babies per 1,000 people. In Syria, that number is 21.7 babies per 1,000 people.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Birth Rate

be 5.5 times more likely to live below the poverty line


United States United States (15.1% of people - 2010 est.)
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Syria Syria (82.5% of people - 2014 est.)
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In United States, approximately 15.1% of people live below the poverty line. In Syria, that number is 82.5% of people.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Poverty Line

be 2.6 times more likely to die in your infancy


United States United States (5.8 per 1,000 infants)
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Syria Syria (15.2 per 1,000 infants)
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In United States, approximately 5.8 per 1,000 infants die before they reach the age of one. In Syria, on the other hand, 15.2 per 1,000 infants do.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Infant Mortality

be 10.6 times more likely to be unemployed


United States United States (4.7% of people - 2016 est.)
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Syria Syria (50% of people - 2016 est.)
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In United States, approximately 4.7% of people are unemployed. In Syria, that number is 50% of people.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Unemployment

see 99% less coastline


United States United States (19,924 km)
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Syria Syria (193 km)
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United States has a total of 19,924 km of coastline. In Syria, that number is 193 km.
Category: United States vs. Syria - Coastline

The statistics above were calculated using The World Factbook, Internal Revenue Service, and Ministry of Finance, Syria.


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A brief history of Syria

Syria is a sovereign country in Middle East, with a total land area of approximately 185,180 sq km. Following World War I, France acquired a mandate over the northern portion of the former Ottoman Empire province of Syria. The French administered the area as Syria until granting it independence in 1946. The new country lacked political stability, however, and experienced a series of military coups during its first decades. Syria united with Egypt in February 1958 to form the United Arab Republic. In September 1961, the two entities separated, and the Syrian Arab Republic was reestablished. In November 1970, Hafiz al-ASAD, a member of the socialist Ba'th Party and the minority Alawi sect, seized power in a bloodless coup and brought political stability to the country. In the 1967 Arab-Israeli War, Syria lost the Golan Heights to Israel. During the 1990s, Syria and Israel held occasional peace talks over its return. Following the death of President al-ASAD, his son, Bashar al-ASAD, was approved as president by popular referendum in July 2000. Syrian troops - stationed in Lebanon since 1976 in an ostensible peacekeeping role - were withdrawn in April 2005. During the July-August 2006 conflict between Israel and Hizballah, Syria placed its military forces on alert but did not intervene directly on behalf of its ally Hizballah. In May 2007 Bashar al-ASAD's second term as president was approved by popular referendum. Influenced by major uprisings that began elsewhere in the region, antigovernment protests broke out in the southern province of Dar'a in March 2011 with protesters calling for the repeal of the restrictive Emergency Law allowing arrests without charge, the legalization of political parties, and the removal of corrupt local officials. Since then demonstrations and unrest have spread to nearly every city in Syria, but the size and intensity of protests have fluctuated over time. The government responded to unrest with a mix of concessions - including the repeal of the Emergency Law and approving new laws permitting new political parties and liberalizing local and national elections - and force. However, the government's response has failed to meet opposition demands for ASAD to step down, and the government's ongoing security operations to quell unrest and widespread armed opposition activity have led to extended violent clashes between government forces and oppositionists. International pressure on the ASAD regime has intensified since late 2011, as the Arab League, EU, Turkey, and the United States have expanded economic sanctions against the regime. Lakhdar BRAHIMI, current Joint Special Representative of the United Nations and the League of Arab States on the Syrian crisis, in October 2012 began meeting with regional heads of state to assist in brokering a cease-fire. In December 2012, the National Coalition of Syrian Revolution and Opposition Forces was recognized by more than 130 countries as the sole legitimate representative of the Syrian people. Unrest persisted in 2013, and the death toll among Syrian Government forces, opposition forces, and civilians has topped 100,000. In January 2014, the Syrian Opposition Coalition and Syrian regime began peace talks at the UN sponsored Geneva II conference.

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