Jordan Information / About Jordan

The Hashemite Kingdom Strategically positioned at the convergence of Europe, Asia and Africa, Jordan's 89,342 square kilometers present a diversity of landscapes. From the hills and mountains of the geographic center of Jordan, the Badia plains extend in an eastward direction into Saudi Arabia. The Jordan river, flowing through the fertile Rift Valley, forms Jordan's western boundary and terminates in the dead sea. This body of water lies at the lowest point on earth, 400 meters below sea level. To the south, Port of Aqaba provides Jordan with a gateway to the Red Sea.

Jordan's climate is arid, and moderate in temperature. Winter temperatures in Amman average around 7 - 10 C in January, with July temperatures reaching 23 - 27 C. Average annual rainfall varies from less than 50 mm to over 600 mm in certain parts of the country. Amman, at over 950 meters elevation, is known for its cool, dry nights even in full summer.
Jordan's population of 4.8 million is 92% Jordanian and 8% non-Jordanian. Gender distribution is fairly even at 52% male, 48% female.
The country is young, with 40% of the population under the age of 15, and only 3% over the age of 65.
Islam is the predominant religion. 92% of the people are Sunni Muslims. 6% are Christians, while the remainder are Shia Muslims, Sunni Circassians, Chechens, Druze, and Bahai. The Muslim New Year and other Islamic holy days are public holidays.

Arabic is the official language, but English is spoken widely, especially in business.

The unit of currency is the Jordanian Dinar divided into 1000 fils, and the rate of exchange is 1US$ = 0.710 fils.
Time is GMT (+ 2 in winter, + 3 in summer), or 7 hours ahead of US Eastern Standard Time. Summer time is observed from April through September.

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