About Israel

About Israel

Israel, the official name – “Medinat Yisrael” (Heb.) The State of Israel, is located in southwestern Asia near the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea. Israel is a democratic Jewish state, where, along with Jews, all other ethnic groups, regardless of religion, have equal rights. Historical relics, beautiful beaches, medical resorts, unique natural conditions attract many tourists from all over the world. Many pilgrims visit Israel in order to touch the holy relics of Jerusalem, Nazareth, Bethlehem themselves.

Geography of Israel

A state in southwestern Asia, bordered by the Mediterranean in the west and the Red Sea in the south. According to Smber, it borders Lebanon in the north, Syria in the northeast, Jordan in the east, and Egypt in the southwest. The capital is Jerusalem. The State of Israel is divided into six administrative districts – Central, Haifa, North, Jerusalem, South and Tel Aviv. The districts are further divided into 50 sub-districts, which are in turn divided into 15 districts.

Area

The area of the country is 27,799 kmĀ².

Population

About 7.695 million people live in Israel.

Currency

The official currency is the Israeli shekel.

Language

The official languages are Hebrew and Arabic.

Visa

Visa-free entry for up to 90 days for Russian citizens

Climate

Israel has a subtropical Mediterranean climate. The temperature varies widely, especially during the winter. In mountainous areas it can be cold, sometimes it snows. The peak of Mount Hermon is covered with snow most of the year. Jerusalem usually experiences at least one snowfall per year. From May to September, precipitation in Israel is extremely rare.

Electricity

230V/50Hz The design of the socket and the slight difference in nominal voltage allow the use of electrical appliances brought from Russia.

Religion

Israel is a democratic state where, along with Jews, all other religious and ethnic groups have equal rights. According to the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics, at the end of 2006, 75.8% of Israelis were Jews, 16.5% were Muslims, 2.1% were Christians, 1.7% were Druze, and the remaining 4% were not assigned to any denomination. Representatives of other religious groups, including Buddhists and Hindus, are also present in Israel, albeit in small numbers. The administrative center of the Baha’is and the Tomb of the Bab are located in Haifa, and the founder of the religion is buried in Acre.

Security

Due to the tense international situation and the almost unceasing Arab-Israeli conflict, there is an increased risk of terrorist attacks. Therefore, security measures have been increased in Israel. This is especially noticeable in crowded places: various public events, large shopping centers, transport. Upon entering, you may be asked to open your bag, checking for suspicious items. If you leave your bag unattended, it will most likely be destroyed as a potentially dangerous item. It is not recommended to stay in the controlled territories and in the Arab quarters, especially at night.

Health

The Israeli health care system has a good reputation for advances in various branches of medicine and technical equipment. Today, Israel has the highest number of doctors per capita in the world. There are many private clinics that specialize in working with foreigners, including those from Russia. This contributes to the development of the so-called medical tourism.

About Israel