Saudi Fast Facts

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Median age: 27.2 years

Unemployment: 11.2% (Saudi men only, 2016 est.)

Saudi Arabia bans public worship by non-Muslims and severely restricts public displays of religion by non-Wahhabi sect Muslims, including Shiites.

1939 – Saudi Arabia declares its neutrality at the outbreak of World War II and maintains it for most of the war.

March 22, 1945 – Joins the Arab League as a founding member.

September 14, 1960 – OPEC is formed in Baghdad, Iraq, by founding members Iraq, Kuwait, Iran, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela.

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May 1981 – Saudi Arabia, Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates establish the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC).

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