About Jordan    
     
The Government:

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a constitutional monarchy with representative government. The reigning monarch, His Majesty King Abdullah II, is the head of state, the chief executive and the commander-in-chief of the armed forces. The king exercises his executive authority through the prime minister and the Council of Ministers, or cabinet. The cabinet is responsible before the elected House of Deputies which, along with the House of Notables (Senate), constitutes the legislative branch of the government. The judicial branch is an independent branch of the government. Since 1989, all elements of the Jordanian political spectrum have embarked together on a road to greater democracy, liberalization and consensus building. These reforms, which were guided by the late King Hussein, have placed Jordan on an irreversible road to democratization. The result has been greater empowerment and involvement of everyday citizens in Jordan's civic life, contributing to increased stability and institutionalization which will benefit the country far into the future.

 

   
Location

Jordan is located in the heart of the Middle East, Northwest of Saudi Arabia, south of Syria, Southwest of Iraq, and east of Israel and the Occupied West Bank. Jordan has access to the Red Sea via the port city of Aqaba.

   
Population

5.329 million

   
   
Geographic co-ordinates

29 - 34 00 N, 35 - 39 E

   
Area

total: 89,342 sq. km

   
Language

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

   
Currency and Exchange Rates

Jordan's currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or JD. It is subdivided into 1000 fils, or 100 qirsh or piasters. It appears in paper notes of 50, 20, 10, 5, and 1 JD denominations. Coins come in denominations of 0.5 JD, 0.25 JD, and 100, 50, 25, and 10 fils. The rate of exchange is 1 JD = 1.42 US $.

   
Current Population Growth Rate

is 2.19% according to the world bank report published in 2012

   
Literacy

90.3%

   
Life Expectancy

69.6 years for men, 72.4 years for women

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