Middle East

Yemen profile

Pillars at the Throne of Balqis
A boy climbs stone columns 15m high at the entrance to a temple traditionally associated with the Biblical Queen of Sheba
  • Full name: Republic of Yemen
  • Population: 25.6 million (UN, 2012)
  • Capital: Sanaa
  • Area: 536,869 sq km (207,286 sq miles)
  • Major language: Arabic
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 65 years (men), 68 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Yemeni riyal = 100 fils
  • Main exports: Crude oil, cotton, coffee, fish
  • GNI per capita: US $1,070 (World Bank, 2011)
  • Internet domain: .ye
  • International dialling code: 967