Capital: Jerusalem HDI: 0.894 (18th)
Language: Hebrew – Arabic
GDP (PPP): $281.9 billion
Population: ~ 8,476,600
Israel, a Middle Eastern country on the Mediterranean Sea, is regarded by Jews, Christians and Muslims as the biblical Holy Land. Its most sacred sites are in Jerusalem. Within its Old City, the Temple Mount complex includes the Dome of the Rock shrine, the historic Western Wall, Al-Aqsa Mosque and Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Its financial hub, Tel Aviv, is known for Bauhaus architecture, beaches and nightlife.
Israel – Economic forecast summary
After a moderate pace in 2015, economic growth is projected to pick up to around 3¼ per cent in 2016 and 2017
Economic Overviews | Israel Trade Commission
See “Overview of the Israeli Economy” on this site
Industry Trends & Business Climate
Israel: Risk Assessment >> globalEDGE
Dated but informative
Establishing a Presence
Business Types – Legal Business Entities | Israel Business
A description of the seven forms of business formation in Israel
Business Types – Guide to Starting a Business in Israel
This site explains the ways in which a company can be structured, the key steps which are required in order to do so and other useful information for operating a business in Israel.
Business Registration Requirements – Company Registration | Israel Business
All companies in Israel must register with The Registrar of Companies (Ministry of Justice) and the Tax Authorities (Ministry of Finance).
Business Registration Requirements – Legal Business Entities | Israel Business
This site describes the options for company registration in Israel
Personal – Israel Personal Income Tax Rate | 2004-2016
The Personal Income Tax Rate in Israel stands at 50 percent. Personal Income Tax Rate in Israel averaged 47.82 percent from 2004 until 2014, reaching an all time high of 50 percent in 2013 and a record low of 45 percent in 2010. Personal Income Tax Rate in Israel is reported by the Israel Ministry of Finance Tax Authority.
Personal – Israel Tax Laws Tax System
Personal Income Tax (for both the employed and self-employed)is a progressive tax starting at 10% and increasing to a maximum of 50%
Corporate – Israel Corporate Tax Rate | 2000-2016
The Corporate Tax Rate in Israel stands at 26.50 percent. Corporate Tax Rate in Israel averaged 29.88 percent from 2000 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 36 percent in 2001 and a record low of 24 percent in 2011. Corporate Tax Rate in Israel is reported by the Israel Ministry of Finance Tax Authority.
Corporate – Israel Taxes Income Tax and Economy
A comprehensive list of the taxes in Israel
VAT/Sales Tax – Israel Sales Tax Rate | VAT | 2006-2016
The Sales Tax Rate in Israel stands at 18 percent. Sales Tax Rate in Israel averaged 16.60 percent from 2006 until 2015, reaching an all time high of 18 percent in 2013 and a record low of 15.50 percent in 2007. Sales Tax Rate in Israel is reported by the Israel Ministry of Finance Tax Authority.
VAT/Sales Tax – Israel Sales Tax Rate | VAT Forecast 2016-2020
Sales Tax Rate in Israel is expected to be 18.00 percent by the end of this quarter, according to Trading Economics global macro models and analysts expectations. In the long-term, the Israel Sales Tax Rate | VAT is projected to trend around 18.00 percent in 2020, according to our econometric models.
Visa – Welcome to Israel | Official site for Tourism Israel
Tourist and extended stay visa information
Visa to Israel
Information and requirements
Telecommunications in Israel – Wikipedia
The communications system in Israel is the most developed in the Middle East. Israel’s system consists of coaxial cables, optical fibers, and microwave radio relay.
Transportation in Israel
Israel is a small country, and it is therefore easy to get from one place to another in a relatively short time. Public transportation is convenient
Best Israel Transportation on VirtualTourist
308 tips on getting to and getting around Israel from real travelers and locals.
Telecom – Israel – Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband
This site reviews Israel’s fixed-line, broadband and mobile sectors, providing market insights and key statistics
A listing of regulations from the Ministry of Labour & Social Affairs
Labor and Employment Law in Israel
See “Carrying Out a Workforce Reduction” on this site
Cost of Living in Israel
Cost of living in Israel is 0.70% higher than in United States (aggregate data for all cities, rent is not taken into account). Rent in Israel is 30.62% lower than in United States(average data for all cities).
Business Etiquette – Israel Business Etiquette | eHow
Israeli business culture is generally casual and relaxed, without a great deal of formalized customs. Meetings are often held over food, and first-name interaction is the norm.
Cost of Living – Israel Cost of Living – Anglo-list
How Much Does it Cost to Live in Israel?
Business Etiquette – Doing business in Israel | Expat Arrivals
Expats doing business in Israel should feel at ease in the casual culture, but should nevertheless prepare to be flexible and patient.
Safety – Israel travel advice – GOV.UK
Travel advisory from the UK government
Safety – Is Israel Safe for Travel? | USA Today
Many nations consider Israel an overall safe place for travel, but some, like the United States and New Zealand, issue travel advisories for their citizens and generally deem the nation as containing some risk.
Climate of the World: Israel and Palestine
Israel has a Mediterranean climate characterized by long, hot, dry summers and short, cool, rainy winters, as modified locally by altitude and latitude.
Climate – Weather in Israel
Israel enjoys long, warm, dry summers (April-October) and generally mild winters (November-March) with somewhat drier, cooler weather in hilly regions
Education – Israel Guide: Schools in Israel
Israel requires compulsory education for all children from ages 6 to 16. Many students do two additional years of education to receive a matriculation certificate. Nurseries and schools are free for all residents.
Education – Israel Education System
Israel is a complex society with tensions between state and religion, and the cultural rights of jews and arabs. Notwithstanding this, the state curriculum is standardized by the ministry of education and culture who allow few exceptions.
Holidays and observances in Israel in 2016
Overview of holidays and many observances in Israel during the year 2016
Holidays – Israel Public Holidays 2016
Israel 2016 public holidays, Israel 2016 bank holidays and Israel 2016 national holidays:
Demographics of Israel – Wikipedia
The demographic features of Israel are monitored by the Israel Central Bureau of Statistics.
Demographics – CIA – The World Factbook: Israel
Demographic profile of Israel from the CIA
Prohibited and Restricted Imports. Israel maintains restrictions on imports of agricultural and food products the government considers to be economically sensitive
Visa HQ; Israel Customs; Import Regulations by Israel customs
Israel Customs regulations and procedures for importing and exporting goods at border
WTO | Israel – Member information
This site gathers key information on Israel’s participation in the WTO. Israel has been a member of WTO since 21 April 1995 and a member of GATT since 5 July 1962.
Israel’s International Trade Agreements
A list of Israel’s International Trade and Economic Agreements
Housing and Rentals
Israel by Design – Accommodations
This site is primarily directed to university students but has general information on accommodations
Israel Corporate Housing and Extended Stay Hotels
Find short-term furnished apartments and extended stay hotels
Israel | Frommer’s
For a country the size of New Jersey, Israel is startlingly diverse
Israel Travel Guide and Travel Information
Expert Israel travel guide including detailed information about everything you need to know about Israel.