The Syrian Arab Republic or Syria is a country in the Middle East, bordering (from south to north) on Lebanon, Israel, Jordan, Iraq and Turkey.
Area: 185,180 sq km
Climate: mostly desert; hot, dry, sunny summers (June to August) and mild, rainy winters (December to February) along coast; cold weather with snow or sleet periodically in Damascus
Terrain: primarily semiarid and desert plateau; narrow coastal plain; mountains in west
Religion: Sunni Muslim 74%, Alawite, Druze, and other Muslim sects 16%, Christian (various sects) 10%, Jewish (tiny communities in Damascus, Al Qamishli, and Aleppo)
Languages: Arabic (official); Kurdish, Armenian, Aramaic, Circassian widely understood; French, English somewhat understood
Community NameSyrian Community
Size of Community in Tasmania
Local Community Contact DetailsNA
Donation to the International Wall of Friendship
The Syrian stone was presented by Joussef Mohamed, Assistant President of the Syrian Arab Community in Tasmania at the same ceremony at which the American stone was presented on the 24th November 1987. The stone is calca red granite with a polished face. The engraved design consists of a centrally placed Syrian national emblem of a golden eagle with open wings, within which is the Syrian flag. Above the emblem is the gold-filled inscription in Arabic, then below in English. The date inscribed on the stone was an earlier intended date of presentation.