21 Jolly Facts about Jordan
There’s lots to explore in this history-rich country, but before you go on your adventures be sure to look through these 21 interesting facts about Jordan so you can impress the locals!
- Jordan is a small country at the crossroads of the Middle East, serving as a strategic nexus connecting Asia, Africa and Europe.
- It is bordered by Syria to the north, Iraq to the east, Saudi Arabia to the south and Israel to the west. It also has a coastline along the Dead Sea to the west and the Red Sea to the southwest.
- If you’re a history buff, you’ll be certain to find Jordan a fascinating place! Head for the coordinates of 31.9500° N, 35.9333° E and discover it for yourself.
- The terrain here is mostly desert plateau in the east, with highlands in the west.
- The total land area of Jordan is 34,495 square miles (89,342 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than Scotland.
- Jordan’s population was 8,117,564 in 2015…
- …that’s more than 1.5 times the population of Scotland!
- Residents here are known as Jordanians.
- The capital is Amman; it covers an area of 649 square miles (1,680 square kilometres) and had a population of 1,155,000 in 2015.
- Jordanians enjoy a desert climate in the south and east with hot, dry summers and short, cool winters. The northern and western parts of the country enjoy a mediterranean climate with a rainy season from November to April.
- The city of Petra is one of the 7 wonders of the world; this fascinating city is thought to date back as early as 312 BC and was actually carved out of stone. Unsurprisingly it happens to be one of Jordan’s most popular tourist attractions.
- Jordan boasts not only the lowest section of land on Earth, but also the lowest road on Earth! The shoreline of the Dead Sea is an amazing 1,378 feet below sea level and as you may expect the road that follows the shoreline is the lowest road on Earth!
- Amazingly, there is evidence of human activity in Jordan as early as the Palaeolithic period (500,000 BC to 17,000 BC!).
- The official languages of Jordan are Arabic and English.
- If you’d like to purchase some authentic Dead Sea soap to take home with you, you’ll need to exchange your GBP into Jordanian Dinar – the official currency here.
- The average Jordanian life span is 74 years.
- Oddly, it is deemed polite to refuse a meal three times in Jordan before accepting it!
- Jordan grows wheat, citrus fruits, barley and tomatoes; they also rear sheep.
- Its industry consists of pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, phosphate mining, cement and potash mining.
- Jordan exports fertilisers, phosphates, potash and agricultural products.