Syrian Culture

Greetings

  • Syrian greetings are usually prolonged and include questions about each others’ well-being.
  • In formal settings, greetings involve a handshake with the right hand only. Arab men may shake hands very gently.
  • If an Arab does not touch someone he greets, it is usually because he perceives the person is unaccustomed to being touched.
  • Shaking a female’s hand is not appropriate unless she outstretches her hand first. Many Syrian men greet women by placing their hand on their chest and saying hello.
  • Informal greetings between people of the same gender may involve a hug, or two kisses on each cheek between males.
  • To kiss one’s forehead or right hand denotes extreme respect, but it is not acceptable for a male to kiss a female in this manner if they are not related.
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Syrian Arab Republic
  • Population
    17,185,170
    [July 2016 est.]
  • Language
    Arabic (official)
    Kurdish
    Armenian
    Aramaic
    Circassian
    French
    English
  • Religion
    Sunni Islam (74%)
    Shi'a Islam (13%)
    Christianity (10%)
    Druze (3%)
    Judaism (>1%)
    Note: The Christian population may be considerably smaller as a result of Christians fleeing the country during the ongoing civil war.
  • Ethnicity
    Arab (90.3%)
    Kurdish, Armenian, Assyrian and other (9.7%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    80
    35
    52
    60
    30
    N.A.
  • Australians with Syrian Ancestry
    19,963 [Census, 2016]
Syrians in Australia
  • Population
    15,321
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Syria.
  • Median Age
    41 [Census, 2016]
  • Gender
    Male (48.7%)
    Female (51.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Islam (37.2%)
    Catholic Christianity (16.6%)
    Assyrian Apostolic Christianity (10.2%)
    Eastern Orthodox Christianity (8.3%)
    Other Religion (18.7%)
    No Religion (4.1%)
    Not Stated (4.0%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Ancestry
    Syrian (47.5%)
    Assyrian (16.5%)
    Arab [not defined] (10.6%)
    Armenian (7.0%)
    Other Ancestry (18.4%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Arabic (68.8%)
    Assyrian Neo-Aramaic (16.7%)
    Armenian (6.5%)
    English (4.2%)
    Other Languages (3.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 37.7% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2016]
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (60.6%)
    Victoria (25.1%)
    South Australia (5.3%)
    Western Australia (4.0%)
    Other (5.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2007 (45.2%)
    2007 - 2011 (8.5%)
    2012 - 2016 (41.3%)
    [Census, 2016]
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