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Location: Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia.
Geographic coordinates: 31° 0' N, 36° 0' E
Coastline km: 26 km km
Climate: Mostly arid desert; rainy season in west (November to April)
Terrain: Mostly desert plateau in east, highland area in west; Great Rift Valley separates East and West Banks of the Jordan River
Elevation: lowest point: Dead Sea -408 m highest point: Jabal Ram 1,734 m
Natural hazards: Droughts; periodic earthquakes
Currency: Jordanian dinar (JOD)
Population: 5,611,202 (July 2004 est.)
Languages: Arabic (official), English widely understood among upper and middle classes
Divisions: 12 governorates (muhafazat, singular - muhafazah); Ajlun, Al 'Aqabah, Al Balqa', Al Karak, Al Mafraq, 'Amman, At Tafilah, Az Zarqa', Irbid, Jarash, Ma'an, Madaba
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