city in the Palestinian National Authority

Ramallah (Arabic: رام اللهRāmallāh About this sound   is a Palestinian city, in the West Bank. It is 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) north of Jerusalem. It currently serves as the de facto capital of the State of Palestine, Palestine Liberation Organization and the Palestinian National Authority. The constitutional capital is Jerusalem. Ramallah has over 27,000 people living there.[2] Ramallah was historically a Christian town, but today Muslims form the majority of the population, with about 25% of the people Christians.[3][4]

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 • Arabicرام الله
 • Also spelledRamallah (official)
Bank of Palestine, in Ramallah
Bank of Palestine, in Ramallah
GovernorateRamallah & al-Bireh
Founded16th century
 • TypeCity (from 1995)
 • Head of MunicipalityJanet Mikhail
 • Jurisdiction16,344 dunams (16.3 km2 or 6.3 sq mi)
 • Jurisdiction27,092

The name of the city is made of "Ram", an Aramaic word that means "high place or mountain", and "Allah", the Arabic word for God. It translates as "Height of God".[5]


  1. 2007 PCBS Population. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.53. (Arabic)
  2. 2007 PCBS Census. Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics. p.114. (Arabic)
  3. Hall, Andy. Quaker Meeting in Ramallah Ecumenical Accompaniment Programme in Palestine and Israel.
  4. Keulemans, Chris. Imagination Behind the Wall: Cultural Life in Ramallah p.2. April 2005.
  5. "Ramallah.ps". Ramallah.ps. Retrieved November 13, 2011.

Other websitesEdit

  Ramallah travel guide from Wikivoyage