Palestinian Culture

Population Statistics

Occupied Palestinian Territories

Population

West Bank

3,019,948

Gaza

2,018,970

Global Palestinian Population

13.5 mill

[Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, 2020]

 

The population estimate of the West Bank refers to Palestinians alone and does not include Israeli settlers.

 

Language

Arabic – spoken by majority

Hebrew – spoken by some

English – widely understood

Religion

Islam 98%
Christianity 2%

[Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2019]

These figures refer to the religious affiliations of Palestinians in the currently Occupied Territories alone and do not include the religions of Jewish Israeli settlers residing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

Ethnicity

Palestinian Arab 

There are also approximately 600,000 Jewish Israeli settlers residing in the West Bank and East Jerusalem

Australians with Palestinian Ancestry

13,294 
[Census, 2016]

Palestinians in Australia

Population

2,932

[Census, 2016]

This figure refers to the number of Australian residents identified that they were born in West Bank and Gaza in the 2016 Census. However, the Australian government’s formal records do not reflect the true number of Palestinians living in the country. Please visit 'Palestinians in Australia' for more information.

Median Age

62

[Census, 2016]

Gender

Male 55.9%
Female 44.0%

[Census, 2016]

Religion

Islam 43.7%
Catholic Christianity 17.5%
Eastern Orthodox Christianity 15.6%
No Religion 5.6%
Christianity [undefined] 3.3%
Other Religion 10.6%

[Census, 2016]

Ancestry

Palestinian 53.7%
Arab 15.4%
German 5.9%
English 3.3%
Other Ancestry 21.7%

[Census, 2016]

Language Spoken at Home

Arabic 76.4%
English 13.2%
German 3.8%
Other Languages 5.0%

Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 81.1% speak English fluently.

[Census, 2016]

Diaspora

New South Wales 55.7%
Victoria 26.4%
Western Australia 6.9%
Queensland 4.4%
Other 6.8%

[Census, 2016]

Arrival to Australia

Prior to 1996 63.8%
1996 - 2005 13.5%
2006 - 2015 18.9%
2016 0.9%
Not stated 2.9%

[Census, 2016]

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