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Facts and Figures of Jordan


Political leadership

Jordan King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein

King Abdullah II bin al-Hussein (since 1999)

Prime Minister Hani al-Mulki (since 29 May 2016)


total: 89,342 sq km


total: 1,635 km

Border countries

Iraq181 kmIsrael238 kmSaudi Arabia744 km
Syria375 kmWest Bank97 km


26 km


8,117,564 (2015 est.) (country comparison to the world: 98)

Age structure

0-14 years: 35.4% 15-64 years: 60.7% 65+ 3.9% (2015 est.)

Population growth rate

0.83% (2015 est.)


Urban population: 83.7% of total population (2015) rate of urbanisation: 3.79% annual rate of change (2010-2015 est.)

Major cities

Amman (capital) 1.155 million (2015 est.) Greater Amman area 2,473,400; Az Zarqa 951,800; Irbid 460,090 (2012)

Ethnic groups

Arab 98%, Circassian 1%, Armenian 1%


Sunni Muslim (official) 97.2 %, Christian 6% (of which the majority Greek Orthodox), other 2.2% (Shia Muslim, Druze) (2010 est.)


Arabic (official), English (among upper and middle classes)


(Age 15+ Can Read and Write) total population: 95.4%; male: 97.7% female: 92.9% (2015 est).


$82.99 billion (2015 est.) $80.69 billion (2014 est.)

GDP Real growth rate

2.9% (2015 est.) 3.1% (2014 est.)

GDP per capita (PPP)

$12,400 (2015 est.) $12,100 (2014 est.)

Unemployment rate

total 13% (2015 est.), youth (15-24) 29.3% (2004 est.)

Population below poverty line

13% (2008 est.)

Public debt

79.2% of GDP (2015 est.) 80.8% of GDP (2014 est.)

Inflation rate

-0.7% (2015 est.)

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