Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Jordan: A briefing

Jordan is a small country with a population of about 6.5 million.

As it’s located in a particularly troubled part of the region: it is surrounded by Israel to the West, Saudi Arabia to the South, Iraq to the East & Syria to the North, add another 3 million refugees (from Syria & Iraq) to the population.

It has a rich history going back to the times of the Ancient Egyptians & the Babylonians.

It has been ruled by the Macedonian Greeks & formed part of the Roman Empire in about 100 AD.

The Nabateans are the most famous of the local civilizations that ruled Jordan & were responsible for the building of Petra.  

The country is currently ruled by King Abdullah II, son of King Hussein who died in 1999.

The capital is Amman.

Jordan is only one of two countries to have signed a peace treaty with Israel – the other country being Egypt.

Here’s a map of the country:


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