QUICK FACTS

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, located at the northern end of the Gulf of Aqaba.

Geographic Coordinates:  31 00 N, 36 00 E

Population: 9,814,995 (2017 est., http://web.dos.gov.jo)
Capital, Amman: 4,007,526 (2014 est., http://web.dos.gov.jo)

Area:
Total: 89,342 sq. km
Land: 88,802 sq. km
Water: 540 sq. km

Language:
Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken. 

Currency and Exchange Rates: Jordan's currency is the Jordanian Dinar, or JD. It is subdivided into 1000 fils, or 100 qirsh or piasters. Jordanian paper notes appear in denominations of 1, 5, 10, 20, and 50. Coins come in denominations of 1 JD, 0.5 JD, 0.25 JD, and 100, 50, 25, 10 and 5 fils.
The rate of exchange is 1JD=1.4$

Time: 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.

Climate and Geography: Jordan has a combination of Mediterranean and arid desert climates, with Mediterranean climates prevailing in the north and west of the country, while the majority of the country is desert. Generally, the country has warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, with annual average temperatures ranging from 12 to 25 C (54 to 77 F) and summertime highs reaching the 40s (105-115 F) in the desert regions. Rainfall averages vary from 50mm (1.97 inches) annually in the desert to as much as 800 mm (31.5 inches) in the northern hills, some of which falls as snow.

Public Holidays:
January 1 - New Year
May 1 - Labor Day
Varies – Easter Sunday
May 25 - Independence Day
June 9th – King Abdullah Accession to the Throne
December 25 – Christmas
10 Dhul Hija – Eid al Adha
1 Shawwal – Eid al Fitr
1 Muharram – Ras Assanah al Hijiri
12 Rabi ‘al Awwal – Mawlid al Nabi

Main Exports: Clothing, Fertilizers, Potash, Phosphates, Vegetables, Pharmaceuticals

Main Imports:
Crude Oil, Machinery, Transport Equipment, Iron, Cereals



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