Quick Facts

  • Officially the State of Qatar
  • Independence: 1913 (from Ottoman empire) and 1971 (from UK)
  • Divided into 10 municipalities
  • Capital: Doha (pop. 718,000)
  • Population: 2,194,817
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Climate: hot/ dry alternating with humid summers and moderate winters
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Literacy rate: 97.3%
  • Current weather conditions: www.weather.com
  • Tips for travel in country: www.travel.state.gov
  • Currency exchange rates: www.xe.com

Government in Power

  • An absolute monarchy
  • Chief of state: Amir Tamim bin Hamad bin Al Thani (since 2013)
  • Head of government: Prime Minister Abdullah bin Nasir bin Khalifa Al Thani (since 2013)

Healthcare Statistics

  • Maternal mortality rate: 13/100,000
  • Infant mortality rate: 6.32/1,000
  • Life expectancy: 78.59 years
  • Health expenditures: 2.2% GDP
  • Physicians density:  7.74/1,000
  • Hospital bed density: 1.2/1,000
  • HIV/AIDS adult prevalence rate: 0.1%
  • Infectious disease updates: http://wwwnc.cdc.gov/travel/destinations/list.htm

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