Middle East - JORDAN



Country Profile:

The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan is a small country with few natural resources. The desert kingdom emerged out of the post-World War I division of the Middle East by Britain and France. Unlike many of the states in the region Jordan has no oil of its own. Its resources are limited to phosphates and agricultural produce. The economy depends largely on services, tourism and foreign aid, for which the US is the main provider. Jordan prides itself on its health service, one of the best in the region. It is a constitutional monarchy with representative government

Main Trade Partners:

China, USA, Germany, India, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Syria, UAE, Iraq

Main Industries:

Tourism, Clothing, Cement, Fertilizer, Pharmaceuticals, Light Manufacturing


6,198,677 (July 2008 CIA World Factbook est.)


92,300 sq. km.


28.0 bn. (2007 IMF est.)

GDP Real Growth Rate:

5.7% (2007 CIA World Factbook est.)

GDP per Head:

$4,886 (2007 IMF est.)

GDP per Sector:

Services 86.2%, Industry 10.3%, Agriculture 3.5% (2007 CIA World Factbook est.)

Stock Market Capitalisation:

29.73 bn. (2006 CIA World Factbook)

Exchange Rate:

1 Jordanian Dinar = 1.404 US$ (September 2008)
1 US $ = 0.713 Jordanian Dinars

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