Imports$16.21 billion (2011 est.)
Exports$7.986 billion (2011 est.)
Inflation rate (consumer prices)4.4% (2011 est.)
Unemployment rate12.3% (2011 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP)$6,000 (2011 est.)
National product real growth rate3.2% (2010 est.)
Internet users1.642 million (2009)
Telephones - mobile cellular6.62 million (2009)
Population growth rate-0.965% (2012 est.)
Population6,508,887 (July 2012 est.)
Following World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the UK received a mandate to govern much of the Middle East.
Britain separated out a semi-autonomous region of Transjordan from Palestine in the early 1920s, and the area gained its independence in 1946; it adopted the name of Jordan in 1950.
The country's long-time ruler was King HUSSEIN (1953-99)....
Jordan's economy is among the smallest in the Middle East, with insufficient supplies of water, oil, and other natural resources, underlying the government's heavy reliance on foreign assistance.
Other economic challenges for the government include chronic high rates of poverty, unemployment, inflation, and a large budget deficit.
Since assuming the throne in 1999, King ABDALLAH has implemented significant economic reforms, such as opening the trade regime, privatizing state-owned companies, and eliminating most fuel subsidies, which in the past few years have spurred economic growth by attracting foreign investment and creating some jobs....
The Economist Intelligence Unit
The Economist Intelligence Unit expects King Abdullah II to remain in power and to continue to determine the overall pace and extent of political reform. He will allow some space for moderate opposition ...
This report contains detailed forecasts and analysis for Jordan, including trade and investment analysis, economic forecasts, political risk assessments and demographic trend analysis. Each ISA Country ...