Officially: Kingdom of Bahrain
Capital: Manama

Facts

  • Population: 1.4 million
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 75 years (men), 76 years (women)
  • Currency: Bahraini dinar (BHD)

Notes

  • The Sunni-run kingdom has both onshore and offshore oil reserves, but is comparatively a small producer, refusing to join the OPEC cartel.
  • Often accused of human rights abuses.
  • Home to the US Navy’s Fifth Fleet.
  • Home of the F1 Bahrain Grand Prix at the Bahrain International Circuit.

Geography

  • Area: 765.3 square kilometres (295.5 sq mi) – The third-smallest nation in Asia, after the Maldives and Singapore.
  • An island nation in the Middle East. A sovereign nation comprising more than 30 islands in the Arabian Gulf (aka Persian Gulf).
  • Connected to Saudi Arabia by the 25-kilometre (16 mile) King Fahd Causeway.

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