Syrian Culture

Population Statistics

Syrian Arab Republic

Population

17,185,170

[July 2016 est.]

Language

Arabic [official]

Kurdish

Armenian

Aramaic

Circassian

French

English

Religion

Sunni Islam 74%
Alaai, Ismaili and Shi'a Islam 13%
Christianity 10%
Druze 3%
Judaism >1%

The Christian population may be considerably smaller as a result of Christians fleeing the country during the ongoing civil war.

Ethnicity

Arab 50%
Alawite 15%
Kurd 10%
Levantine 10%
Other including Druze, Ismaili, Imami, Nusairo, Assyrian, Turkoman, Armenian 15%

Cultural Dimensions

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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 [undefined] 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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