Jordan, an Arab nation on the east bank of the Jordan River, is defined by ancient monuments, nature reserves and seaside resorts. It’s home to the famed archaeological site of Petra, the Nabatean capital dating to around 300 B.C. Set in a narrow valley with tombs, temples and monuments carved into the surrounding pink sandstone cliffs, Petra earns its nickname, the "Rose City."
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely understood among upper and middle classes
Ethnic Groups: Arab 98%, Circassian 1%, Armenian 1%
Belief Systems: Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other 2% (several small Shi'a Muslim and Druze Populations)
Population: 6.68 million people (World Rank: 104th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 195 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 133rd) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.79 %/yr (World Rank: 70th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 73.9 years (World Rank: 118th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 22.5 years (World Rank: 129th) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Jordan
University of Texas Library
Travel Info for Jordan
Government Related Sites:
in Washington D.C.
Jordanian Government Web Sites
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