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: 4,139,458 (1994C); 5,680,000 (2007E). Both figures exclude Palestinians in the West Bank, over which Jordan abandoned de jure jurisdiction in 1988.

Major Urban Center (2005E): AMMAN (2,378,000).

Official Language: Arabic.

Monetary Unit: Dinar (official rate November 1, 2008: 1 dinar = $1.41US).

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 7, ...

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