Country: JORDANjordan

Capital: Amman

Geographic Coordinates: 31 00 N, 36 00 E

Population: 6,)42,948 (July 2009 est.)

Main Religion: Islam

Language: Arabic (official), English

Government Type: Constitutional monarchy

Head of State: King ABDULLAH II (since 7 February 1999); Prime Minister Nader al-DAHAB

Main Industries: clothing, phosphate mining, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, cement, potash, inorganic chemicals, light manufacturing, tourism

GDP in US Dollars (per capita): $5,300 (2009 est.)

Currency Code: Jordanian dinar (JOD)

Life Expectancy: 71 years (men), 74 years (women) (UN)

Environment - current issues: limited natural fresh water resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification

Issues facing Women and Children:

  • The recent influx of Iraqis into Jordan added to the vulnerability of both Jordanian and Iraqi children and families. According to UNHCR, 750,000 Iraqis are estimated to be living in Jordan. In addition the number of displaced continues to place heavy burdens on social and health care systems already under strain.
  • 60 per cent of the population in Jordan is under the age of 24; 70 per cent of youth who are one year out-of-school are still unemployed.
  • The infant mortality rate is 16.1 deaths for every 1,000 live births.

Land Mine Ban Signatory: Y

Local Media: Press: Ad Dustour (""The Constitution""), Al Ra'y, Al Ghadd, Al Arab al Yawm, Jordan Times; Radio and TV: Jordan Radio and TV

Interesting fact: Visitors to Jordan should avoid excessive admiration for any item in a home, as the host will feel obliged to offer it to demonstrate their generosity. If asked to stay for a meal it is usually polite to decline three times before accepting. Excessive praise of children should be avoided, it’s believed to be bad luck.

Famous for: Quseir Amra, Queen Rania, mezze, King Hussein, Petra in Ma'an, Aqaba, Wadi Rum, Hammamat Ma’in (Ma’in Hot Springs)


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