Travel Guide

Fast Facts About Jordan

Name Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan 
Independence  May 25, 1946
Government  Constitutional Monarchy 
King Abdullah II 
Queen Rania
Capital  Amman
Population 6,482,081 
Language Arabic; English widely spoken
Religion Sunni Muslim 92% Christian 6% Misc 2%
International Airports Queen Alia-Amman
King Hussein-Aqaba
Lowest Point  Dead Sea (-408m) 
Highest Point  Amman Jabal Umm ad Dam (1,854m) 
Electric  220V
Time  UTC +2

Currency Dinar and fils. Coins are 10, 25, 50, 100, 250 and 500 fils, and one dinar. Notes come in denominations of JD1,5, 10, 20 and 50

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a country that has seen the rise and fall of many great civilizations.   It is a young nation, founded on one of the oldest, continually inhabited pieces of ground on earth.  Dozens of civilizations have laid claim to Jordan's lands as a result of the importance of the trade routes linking Europe, Africa and Asia. Nabataeans, Greeks, Romans, Persians and Islamic caliphs all preceded the Turks and European powers.


Jordan is also a Kingdom of many ethnic backgrounds.  Circassians, Chechens, Armenians, Kurds, and Bosnians embellish the Jordanian patchwork, alongside the local Arab people.  Since Jordan’s birth as a nation in 1946, it has also absorbed several other waves of immigration from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria.

 
As  a  cradle  of  civilizations,  Jordan retains a rich
diversity   in   appearance  and  culture  combining
both   modernity  and  tradition.  It remains  today
as an oasis of peace and coexistence.