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For other uses, see Jordan (disambiguation).

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, commonly called simply Jordan, is a country in the Middle East. It is bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the north-east, Saudi Arabia to the east and south, and Israel and West Bank to the west. It shares the coastlines of the Gulf of Aqaba and the Dead Sea.

المملكة الأردنّيّة الهاشميّة
Al Mamlakah al Urduniyah al Hashimiyah
(In Detail) (In Detail)
''National motto: None''
Official language Arabic
Capital Amman
King Abdullah II
Prime Minister Faisal al-Fayez
 - Total
 - % water
Ranked 110th
92,300 km²
 - Total (2002)
 - Density
Ranked 107th
 - Declared
 - Recognised
From the League of Nations
May 25, 1946
Currency Jordanian dinar
Time zone UTC +2
National anthem As-salam al-malaki al-urdoni
Internet TLD .JO
Calling Code 962

Table of contents
1 History
2 Politics
3 Governorates
4 Geography
5 Economy
6 Demographics
7 Culture
8 Miscellaneous topics
9 External links


Main article: History of Jordan

After World War I, various parts of the former Ottoman Empire in the Middle East were restructured. The Emirate of Transjordan was the name given by the British to about 80% of what they had been given as the Palestine mandate. It became an autonomous political subdivision of Palestine under British administration under the nominal auspices of the League of Nations. During this time it was ruled by King Abdullah I. For most of its history since independence from British administration in 1946, Jordan was ruled by King Hussein (1953-1999). On July 20, 1951, his grandfather King Abdullah I traveled to Jerusalem to perform his Friday prayers with his young grandson, Prince Hussein. Abdullah I was assassinated by a lone gunman on the steps of one of the holiest shrines of Islam, the Al-Aqsa Mosque. Hussein is said to have been saved from a bullet by a medal his grandfather had recently awarded him and insisted he wear. This event made him a most pragmatic ruler, and he successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population making up an 80% majority of Jordan's citizens, through several wars and coup attempts.


Main article: Politics of Jordan

In 1951, during the brief rule of King Talal, a new liberalized constitution was enacted. Under this Jordan is a constitutional monarchy, albeit with more power vested in the monarch than in European counterparts such as the UK or the Netherlands. Following an attempted coup d'état in 1957 king Hussein dissolved parliament. In 1989 he resumed parliamentary elections and gradually permitted political liberalization; in 1992 political parties were again allowed, and in 1993 Jordan held its first multi-party election since 1956 were held. In 1994 a formal peace treaty was signed with Israel.


Main article: Governorates of Jordan

Jordan is divided into 12 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah):


Main article: Geography of Jordan


Main article: Economy of Jordan

Jordan is a small Arab country with inadequate supplies of water and other natural resources such as oil. The Persian Gulf crisis, which began in August 1990, aggravated Jordan's already serious economic problems, forcing the government to shelve the IMF program, stop most debt payments, and suspend rescheduling negotiations. Aid from Gulf Arab states, worker remittances, and trade contracted; and refugees flooded the country, producing serious balance-of-payments problems, stunting GDP growth, and straining government resources.

The economy rebounded in 1992, largely due to the influx of capital repatriated by workers returning from the Gulf. After averaging 9% in 1992-95, GDP growth averaged only 2% during 1996-99. In an attempt to spur growth, King Abdullah has undertaken limited economic reform, including partial privatization of some state owned enterprises and Jordan's entry in January 2000 into the World Trade Organization (WTO). Debt, poverty, and unemployment are fundamental ongoing economic problems.


Main article: Demographics of Jordan

The unsuccessful 1967 Six-Day War against Israel brought massive numbers of Palestinian refugees.


Main article: Culture of Jordan

See also: Music of Jordan

Miscellaneous topics

External links

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