Officially called the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan, Jordan is a country located on the east bank of the River Jordan. Almost half of Jordan is covered by the Arabian Desert.

Amman, the modern and ancient capital of Jordan, is one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World. The city's modern buildings blend with the remnants of ancient civilizations. The profusion of gleaming white houses, kebab stalls with roasting meat, and tiny cafes where rich Arabian coffee is sipped in the afternoon sunshine, conjure a mood straight from a thousand and one nights.

As of 2010, the population of Amman was estimated at 2,842,629. The city serves as the political, cultural and commercial center of the country.

It is also a major tourist destination and is favorite among the Gulf tourists. Jordan is bordered by Saudi Arabia on the east and south-east, Iraq on the north-east, Syria on the north and the West Bank and Israel on the west.

Jordan is a country covering an area of 89,342 sq km. the country has an approximate population of 6,6 million and has a superior quality of life and one of the highest standards of living in the developing world. The country has a low crime rate, highly educated population, and advanced healthcare services.

The Kingdom of Jordan is divided into twelve provinces called Governorates, that are further divided into other departments.

Jordan is a constitutional monarchy wherein the executive power lies with the King. However, the country also has a democratically elected Parliament that is of equal significance and power in matters relating to national governance.

King - Abdullah II

Prime Minister - Hani almulqi

The dinar denoted by the ISO 4217 code JOD is the official currency of Jordan. The dinar is divided into 10 dirham, 100 qirsh or 1000 fils. The currency is issued by the Central Bank of Jordan. Arabic is the official language of Jordan. English is widely spoken throughout the country; it functions as the de facto language of commerce and banking, and is also used for education purposes.

There are also a few speakers of Armenian and Caucasian languages such as Circassian and Chechen.

The national day of Jordan is celebrated on May 25. On this day in 1946, the country gained independence from Great Britain and proclaimed itself as an independent sovereign kingdom. This day is celebrated as Independence day in Jordan. The day is also celebrated to commemorate the creation of the Kingdom of Jordan and the crowning of Abdullah I of Jordan as the first King.

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