Jordan

Area was inhabited by Lower Paleolithic; earliest states formed by 13th century BCE; was part of historic Palestine region; under British protection after 1920; wars with Israel 1948-1949 and 1967; territory West of Jordan River under Israeli control since 1967; official language is Arabic.

Quick Facts on Jordan

Go Historic ID
36666
Names
Jordan
Location
Population
10,909,567 (#85 in world) (2021 est.)
Languages
Arabic (official), English (widely understood among upper and middle classes)
Ethnic Groups
Jordanian 69.3%, Syrian 13.3%, Palestinian 6.7%, Egyptian 6.7%, Iraqi 1.4%, other 2.6% (includes Armenian, Circassian) (2015 est.)
Religions
Muslim 97.2% (official; predominantly Sunni), Christian 2.2% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), Buddhist 0.4%, Hindu 0.1%, Jewish <0.1, folk <0.1, unaffiliated <0.1, other <0.1 (2010 est.)