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Middle East: Bahrain

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An independent sheikhdom on the Persian Gulf, consisting of several islands: under British protection  until the declaration of independence in 1971. It has large oil reserves. Language: Arabic. Religion: Muslim. Currency: dinar. Capital: : Manama. Population: 633,000 (1998 est.). Area: 678 sq. km (262 sq. miles).

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