Overview of Jordan Last updated on
Tuesday 20th April 2010
Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan (al-Mamlakah al-Urdunniya al-Hashimiyah)
Population: 2,3000,000 people (estimation of 1995).
Az-Zarqa (344,500 people); Irbid (208,200 people); As-Salt (187,000 people); Ar-Rusayfah (115,500 people)
Al Aqaba (41,900 people)
Excluding West Bank: 3,059,000
Arab population of West Bank: 1,014,900
Predominantly Arab; approximately 90% Muslim and 10% Christian.
Other communities are Circassian, Shishan, Armenian and Druze.
92,300 sq. km
Arabic is the official language, but English is widely spoken and French is the most commonly used third language.
Jordanian dinar (JD)= 1,000 fils.
Banknotes come in denominations of JD20, JD10, JD5, JD1 and JD 0.5.
Islam -- Sunni Muslims form the majority, Shiite Muslims a small minority. Christians constitute 4% of the population according to an estimation taken in 1997.
220 volts, 60 cycles.
Weights and measures
Government business hours are 8am-2pm
International dialing code
GMT + 2 hours
(summer: GMT + 3 hours)
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