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Description flag of Jordan

three equal horizontal bands of black (top), representing the Abbassid Caliphate, white representing the Ummayyad Caliphate, and green representing the Fatimid Caliphate; a red isosceles triangle on the hoist side, representing the Great Arab Revolt of 1916, and bearing a small white seven-pointed star symbolizing the seven verses of the opening Sura (Al-Fatiha) of the Holy Koran; the seven points on the star represent faith in One God, humanity, national spirit, humility, social justice, virtue, and aspirations; design is based on the Arab Revolt flag of World War I

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Official country name

Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Short name


Local names

Al Mamlakah al Urduniyah al Hashimiyah (long)
Al Urdun (short)

Former name



Jordanian(s) (noun) Al Urdun (adjective)

Languages spoken

Arabic (official), English widely understood among upper and middle classes



Government type

constitutional monarchy


6,198,677 ranked 106, (data 2008)


strategic location at the head of the Gulf of Aqaba and as the Arab country that shares the longest border with Israel and the occupied West Bank. The lowest point is Dead Sea -408 m.


Coastline 26 km.

Land borders

1,635km, Iraq 181 km, Israel 238 km, Saudi Arabia 744 km, Syria 375 km, West Bank 97 km.

Administrative 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


25 May 1946 (from League of Nations mandate under British administration)