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  • Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
    al-Mamlakah al-Urduniyah al-Hashimiyah

    Political Status: Independent constitutional monarchy established May 25, 1946; present constitution adopted January 8, 1952.

    Area: 34,495 sq. mi. (89,206 sq. km), excluding West Bank territory of 2,270 sq. mi. (5,879 sq. km).

    Population: Both figures exclude Palestinians in the West Bank, over which Jordan abandoned de jure jurisdiction in 1988. 7,443,000 (2014E—UN); 6,528,061 (2014E—U.S. Census).

    Major Urban Center (2011E—UN): AMMAN (2,155,056).

    Official Language: Arabic.

    Monetary Unit: Dinar (official rate October 1, 2014: 0.71 dinar = $1US).

    Sovereign: King ABDULLAH ibn Hussein (King Abdullah II); assumed the throne on February 7, 1999, following the death of King HUSSEIN ibn Talal; coronation ceremony held on June 9, 1999.

    Heir to the Throne: Undesignated. Prince HAMZEH ibn Hussein, half-brother of the king, had been designated crown prince on February ...

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