Jordan is a Middle Eastern country of 6.3 million people sharing borders with Israel and the West Bank, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia as well as a small seacoast on the Gulf of Aqaba. It became independent of Great Britain in 1946. Most, 98 percent, of the population is Arab and Sunni Muslim, 92 percent, with minorities of Christians, Shia Muslims, and Druze. The population of Jordan is young, with almost one-third of the population aged 14 or younger. The population growth rate is just shy of 2.2 percent despite a negative migration rate due to a high fertility of 3.46 children per woman coupled with a birth rate of 27.38 births per 1,000 population and long life expectancy of 78.6 years for men and ...

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