Yemen Background Information

North Yemen became independent of the Ottoman Empire in 1918. The British, who had set up a protectorate area around the southern port of Aden in the 19th century, withdrew in 1967 from what became South Yemen. Three years later, the southern government adopted a Marxist orientation. The massive exodus of hundreds of thousands of Yemenis from the south to the north contributed to two decades of hostility between the states. The two countries were formally unified as the Republic of Yemen in 1990. A southern secessionist movement in 1994 was quickly subdued. In 2000, Saudi Arabia and Yemen agreed to a delimitation of their border.

Yemen Quickstats

  • Population: 22,230,531 (July 2007 est.)
  • Area: 527,970 sq km
  • Density: 40 /km² (160th)
  • GDP (total): $19.480 billion (110th)
  • GDP (per capita): $900 (175th)
  • Literacy: 50.2%

Languages of Yemen

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  • Currency: Yemeni rial $1 = 198.13 Rials (YER)
  • Dial code: +967

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Yemen Internet

  • Usage: 180,000
  • Penetration: 0.9 %
  • Top Domain: .ym

WT eBusiness info:

  • Success Ranking: 100
  • Market testing: Untested
  • Overall risk: High
  • Overall reward: Low


  • Tourism: 10%
  • eCommerce: 10%
  • Gaming: 10%
  • eLearning: 10%

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