Middle East - Saudi Arabia - Nationwide Newspapers

Country Information

Location:  Middle East, bordering the Persian Gulf and the Red Sea, north of Yemen
Geographic Coordinates:   25 00 N, 45 00 E
Area:   2,149,690 sq km (land: 2,149,690 sq km water: 0 sq km)
Climate:  Harsh, dry desert with great temperature extremes
Languages:  Arabic (official)
Population:  27,345,986
Capital:  Riyadh
Religion:  Muslim (official; citizens are 85-90% Sunni and 10-15% Shia), other (includes Eastern Orthodox, Protestant, Roman Catholic, Jewish, Hindu, Buddhist, and Sikh) (2012 est.)
Ethnic Groups:  Arab 90%, Afro-Asian 10%
Independence:  23 September 1932 (unification of the kingdom)

Source:  CIA Factbook