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Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan



Location: Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia

Area: 89,213 sq km

Climate: mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)

Terrain: mostly desert plateau in east, highland area in west; Great Rift Valley separates East and West Banks of the Jordan River

Population: 4,561,147 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Sunni Muslim 96%, Christian 4% (1997 est.)

Languages: Arabic (official), English widely understood among upper and middle classes

Capital: Amman



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