Your guide to being an expatriate in Palestine

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Palestine is a de facto independent Palestinian authority that administers the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The conflict between Israel and Palestine has been ongoing for decades, resulting in several wars and military operations. Palestine has been recognized as a non-member state by the United Nations General Assembly, but its status as a sovereign nation is still disputed by many countries, including Israel. The most prominent conflict between Israel and Palestine concerns the sovereignty of Jerusalem, which both consider their capital city.


Expat destinations in Palestine

Demographics of Palestine:

Ethnic groups

Arabs and Jews (settler population)


Arabic (official) and Hebrew (settler population)

Religion Overview

The majority of Palestinians are Sunni Muslims, followed by Christians and smaller communities of Samaritans, Druze, and Muslims of other denominations.

Major Religions


Palestine has a Mediterranean climate with hot and dry summers and mild and rainy winters.

Economy Overview

Palestine's economy is heavily dependent on international aid and Israel's economy. The main sectors are agriculture, industrial production, and services.

Key Industries

  • Agriculture (olive oil, citrus fruits, vegetables, and grapevines)
  • Textiles and clothing
  • Food processing
  • Construction materials
  • Tourism (known for its historic sites, sea resorts, and mountain villages)

Major Companies

    Culture and Language Overview

    Palestine's culture is deeply rooted in Arab traditions, such as storytelling, music, and dance. The most prominent cultural highlights include the Al-Bireh Souk, the traditional market in the city of Ramallah, and the cultural heritage sites such as the Herodian structures.

    Cultural Highlights

    • Al-Bireh Souk
    • Ramallah's traditional market
    • Nablus old city
    • Khalil Režiq Museum of Palestinian Heritage
    • Palestinian Heritage Center

    Geography and Landmarks Overview

    Palestine is located in the Middle East, between Israel, Jordan, and Egypt. It is mostly comprised of hills and valleys, with the Mediterranean Sea on its western coast.

    Notable Landmarks

    • Old City of Jerusalem (Palestinian quarter)
    • Bethlehem (City of Jesus' Birthplace)
    • Al-Bireh (Al-Bireh Historical Park)
    • Hebron (City of Caves of the Patriarchs)
    • Herodium National Park

    National Holidays

    • New Year's Day (January 1)
    • Al-Isra' and Al-MIraj (Night Journey) (27th of Rajab)
    • Palestine Liberation Day (30th of November)
    • Christmas (25th of December)

    Political Stability

    Palestine still faces instability due to ongoing conflicts with Israel and internal tensions among Palestinian factions.

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