Yemen quiz

Old Sana'a, Yemen

Test your knowledge of the beautiful and mysterious country of Yemen…

1. What is the capital city of Yemen?

It's Sana'a, which has an estimated population of 1.9 million. Note: Sana'a is the capital of Yemen under the country's constitution, however, Aden has been temporarily made capital because of the current conflict there.

2. How many countries does Yemen share a border with?

Yemen shares a border with two countries, which are Saudi Arabia and Oman.

3. Yemen's coast sits on three different seas. Which of these is not one of them?

Yemen does not sit on the Persian Gulf. It sits on the Red Sea, the Gulf of Aden and the Arabian Sea.

4. Approximately how many islands does Yemen have?

Yemen has around 200 islands, most of them being volcanic. The most well known is Socotra, which is a stunning place, well worth Googling!

5. Yemen was once divided into two nations. What year were they unified?

It was in 1990 that the Yemen Arab Republic and the People's Democratic Republic of Yemen unified. As you may have guessed, one was a socialist state. Did you know that?

6. What could Yemen be the first country to run out of?

Yemen could be the first country to run out of water. Even before the war, this was a major concern.

7. What three colours make up the Yemeni flag?

The answer is black, white and red. Yemen's flag, as well as those belonging to several other Arab nations, is inspired by Egypt's Arab Liberation Flag, in use between 1953 and 1958.

8. What is the dominant Islamic group?

It's Sunnis, who make up about 56 percent of the population while 44 percent are Shia.

9. What do Yemeni men wear that shows their social status?

Yemeni men wear curved knives called janbiya or jambia. They seem to be ornamental blades, but they are in fact dangerous weapons.

10. What are a huge amount of Yemenis addicted to?

70-80 percent of 16-50-year-old Yemenis are addicted to qat, which is a narcotic drug. An estimated 14.6 million man hours are wasted per day in chewing the plant leaves and Yemeni's spend about 17 percent of their household income on the drug.