Syria 

Syria is a country in Western Asia. It is a country of fertile plains, high mountains and deserts, and is home to diverse ethnic and religious groups.

Climate
The climate in Syria is dry and hot, and the winters are mild. Due to the country's elevation, snowfall does occasionally occur during winter.

Education
There are 6 state universities in Syria and 15 private universities.

Economy
Syria is classified by the World Bank as a lower middle income country. Syria remains dependent on the oil and agriculture sectors; the oil sector provides about 40% of export earnings. The agriculture sector contributes to about 20% of GDP and 20% of employment. The economy is highly regulated by the government.

Culture
Syria is a traditional society with a long cultural history. Importance is placed on family, religion, education, self-discipline and respect. The Syrians' taste for the traditional arts is expressed in dances such as the al-Samah, the Dabkeh in all their variations, and the sword dance. Syrian food mostly consists of Southern Mediterranean, Greek, and Southwest Asian dishes. The most popular sports in Syria are football, basketball, swimming, and tennis. Damascus was home to the fifth and seventh Pan Arab Games. *

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* Source: Wikipedia