Get to know more about life in Israel.
Population: 8.2 million inhabitants
Religion: 75% Jewish, 21% Muslim and 4% Other
20% of the population holds at least one academic degree
(third highest rate worldwide)
Israel has two official languages: Hebrew and Arabic. The majority of the population speaks Hebrew. The Hebrew language is written from right to left and uses the Hebrew alphabet. Traffic signs and street names are mostly written in English, Hebrew and Arabic. Israelis have decent abilities to communicate in English, as it is taught from the early grades in elementary school and many television programs are broadcasted in English.
Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April – October) and generally mild winters (November – March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions, such as Jerusalem and Safed. Rainfall is relatively heavy in the north and center of the country, with much less precipitation in the northern Negev and almost negligible amounts in the southern regions. Regional conditions vary considerably, with humid summers and mild winters on the coast; dry summers and moderately cold winters in the hilly regions; hot, dry summers and pleasant winters in the Jordan Valley; and year-round semi-desert conditions in the Negev.
Israel has a comfortable and affordable transportation system. Cross country and inner-city trains and busses make getting around in Israel easy and approachable.
Students receive a 33% discount on transportation using the magnetic card called Rav Kav, a pre-paid bus card for multiple rides and season tickets.
Rav Kav website