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Do Not Cut Down The Tree That Gives You Shade.

 

General


Population: 7,930,491 (2014), 6,482,081 (2013)
Land Area: 92,300 sq km
Natural Resources: phosphates, potash, shale oil
Capital: Amman
Political System: Constitutional Monarchy
State Leader: King Abdallah II (February 7th 1999)
Head of Government: Abdullah Nsour (October 11th 2012)
Languages: Arabic
Currency: Jordanian Dinar (JOD)
Major Religions: Sunni Muslim 92%, Christian 6%, Other 2%
Major Ethnicities: Arab 98%, Circassian 1%, Armenian 1%
Life Expectancy: 74.1 years (2014), 80.3 years (2013)

Economy


GDP Official Exchange Rate: 34.08 billion (2013), 31.35 billion (2012)
GDP Purchasing Power Parity: 40.02 billion (2013), 38.67 billion (2012)
GDP Per Capita (PPP): 6,100 (2013), 6,000 (2012)
GDP Growth Rate: 3.3% (2013), 3% (2012)
GDP Structure: Agriculture 3.2%, Industry 29.9%, Services 67% (2013)
Labour Force By Occupation: Agriculture 2.7%, Industry 20%, Services 77.4% (2007)
Industries: Clothing, phosphate mining, fertilizers, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, cement, potash, inorganic chemicals, light manufacturing, tourism
Agriculture Products: Citrus, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives; sheep, poultry, stone fruits, strawberries, dairy products
Human Development Index: 0.745 (77th)(2014), 0.700 (100th)(2013)
Tourism Revenue: 1.621 billion (2004)
Unemployment Rate: 14% (2012)

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Army Size: 100 500 (2004)
Budget: 8.6% of GDP (2006)

Current Situation

 

Jordan is located in the Middle East. Jordan is bordered by Israel, Iraq, Saudi Arabia and Syria. Jordan's economy is growing at a steady pace, however it is influenced by the relative stability in the region. Jordan has little natural resources and imports most of its energy, however there is potential for solar power, which could provide a large portion of Jordan's energy needs.

(2014) Jordan's economy continues to have a steady growth rate despite the events in the region. It is however having to deal with a large influx of refugees from Syria that number in the hundreds of thousands. The government for its part continues to be pressured for democratic reforms but these are unlikely to materialize anytime soon.

Thoughts & Comments

 

Sources

CIA World Factbook: Jordan
The Economist: The World In 2014
Wikipedia: Jordan
http://hdrstats.undp.org/en/countries/profiles/JOR.html

Updated on: October 6th, 2014