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19 February, 2021updated 30 Oct 2021 05:06

Investing in Israel: what you need to know

All of the key data and information needed when considering investing in Israel.

By Carmen

As of 2021, Israel has a population of 9.4 million, making it the 96th largest country in the world by this measure. There are 49.8% males and 50.2% females.

There are 4 million people employed in Israel, with an unemployment rate of 5.3% – 164,000 people.


Israel is the 32nd largest economy in the world with a GDP of $415bn. Israel’s GDP has grown by 80% between 2010 and 2021 and is expected to grow by 31% by 2025.

As of 2021 there are 392,800 students in tertiary education in Israel, with 900,600 students in secondary and 975,200 in primary education. Israel spent 5.1% of its GDP on education in 2019.

Israel ranked 35th in the World Bank’s Doing Business Report (2020). In the 2019 report it finished 49th. In the World Economic Forum’s Global Competitiveness Report (2019), Israel finished 20th, after ranking 20th in 2018.

Public healthcare expenditure totalled $17.6bn and private healthcare expenditure equalled $10bn in 2018.

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The largest urban areas in Israel are Tel Aviv (4.2 million people), Jerusalem (1.4 million) and Haifa (984,600).

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