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Missionary Spotlight – he Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

November 2001

Area — 37,738 square miles.

 

Neighbours

 

 

Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Israel and the West Bank.

 

Environment

 

 

Most agriculture is concentrated on the eastern bank of the River Jordan. To the east is arid desert. A cooler, rainy season lasts from November to April.

 

Population

 

 

5 million, including over 2 million Palestinians and thousands of Kuwaiti and Iraqi refugees. 5% of the population is nomadic.

 

Life expectancy

 

 

73 years.

 

Ethnic groups

 

 

Arab 96%, others 4%.

 

Languages

 

 

Arabic (official), English.

 

Literacy

 

 

87%.

 

Capital

 

 

Amman (1.5 million).Port: Al Aqabah.

 

Urbanisation

 

 

70%.

 

Economy

 

 

Jordan has little fresh water, and only a limited supply of its own oil. It has been harmed by UN sanctions against Iraq. 30% of the population are below the poverty line; unemployment stands at 25%. Exports include fruit, and minerals mined from the Dead Sea.

 

Religions

 

 

Sunni Muslim 94%; Greek Orthodox 2%; Roman Catholic 1.5%; Protestant 0.5%. Islam is the State religion.

 

Protestant denominations

 

 

Anglican; Lutheran; Baptist; Assemblies of God; various Evangelical; Nazarene; others.

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