Jordan Business Guide

 

 

    


Geography


Location:
Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia, between Israel (to the west) and Iraq


Geographic coordinates:
31 00 N, 36 00 E


Map references:
Middle East


Area:
total:89,342 sq kmcountry comparison to the world: 112
land:88,802 sq km
water:540 sq km


Area - comparative:
slightly smaller than Indiana


Land boundaries:
total:1,635 km
border countries:Iraq 181 km, Israel 238 km, Saudi Arabia 744 km, Syria 375 km, West Bank 97 km


Coastline:
26 km


Maritime claims:
territorial sea:3 nm

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 extremes:
lowest point:Dead Sea -408 m
highest point:Jabal Umm ad Dami 1,854 m


    Natural resources:
phosphates, potash, shale oil


Land use:
arable land:1.97%
permanent crops:0.95%
other:97.08% (2011)


Irrigated land:
788.6 sq km (2004)


Total renewable water resources:
0.94 cu km (2011)


Freshwater withdrawal (domestic/industrial/agricultural):
0.94 cu km (2011)

Natural hazards:
droughts; periodic earthquakes


Environment - current issues:
limited natural freshwater resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification


Environment - international agreements:
party to:Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Marine Dumping, Ozone Layer Protection, Wetlands
signed, but not ratified:none of the selected agreements


Geography - note:
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



People and Society


Nationality:
noun: Jordanian(s)
adjective:Jordanian


Ethnic groups:
Arab 98%, Circassian 1%, Armenian 1%


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


Religions:
Muslim 97.2% (official; predominantly Sunni), Christian 2.2% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), Buddhist 0.4%, Hindu 0.1%, Jewish <.1, folk religion <.1, unaffiliated <.1, other <.1 (2010 est.)


Population:
7,930,491 (July 2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 98


Age structure:
0-14 years:35.8% (male 1,457,174/female 1,385,604)
15-24 years:20.4% (male 826,482/female 788,950)
25-54 years:35.7% (male 1,421,634/female 1,412,888)
55-64 years:4.2% (male 160,224/female 169,965)
65 years and over:5.1% (male 145,515/female 162,055) (2014 est.)


Dependency ratios:
total dependency ratio:59.4 %
youth dependency ratio:53.7 %
elderly dependency ratio:5.7 %
potential support ratio:17.4 (2014 est.)


Median age:
total:21.8 years
male:21.5 years
female:22.1 years (2014 est.)


Population growth rate:
3.86% (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 4


Birth rate:
25.23 births/1,000 population (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 53


Death rate:
3.8 deaths/1,000 population (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 212


Net migration rate:
17.22 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 5


Urbanization:
urban population:82.7% of total population (2011)
rate of urbanization:2.17% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)


Major urban areas - population:
AMMAN (capital) 1.179 million (2011)


Sex ratio:
at birth:1.06 male(s)/female
0-14 years:1.05 male(s)/female
15-24 years:1.05 male(s)/female
25-54 years:1.01 male(s)/female
55-64 years:1.02 male(s)/female
65 years and over:0.95 male(s)/female
total population:1.03 male(s)/female (2014 est.)


Mother's mean age at first birth:
24.7


Maternal mortality rate:
63 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)


Infant mortality rate:
total:15.73 deaths/1,000 live birthscountry comparison to the world: 104
male:16.63 deaths/1,000 live births
female:14.79 deaths/1,000 live births (2014 est.)


    Life expectancy at birth:
total population:74.1 yearscountry comparison to the world: 117
male:72.79 years
female:75.5 years (2014 est.)


Total fertility rate:
3.16 children born/woman (2014 est.)country comparison to the world: 52


Contraceptive prevalence rate:
59.3% (2009)


Health expenditures:
8.4% of GDP (2011)


Physicians density:
2.56 physicians/1,000 population (2010)


Hospital bed density:
1.8 beds/1,000 population (2010)


Drinking water source:
improved:
urban: 97.3% of population
rural: 90.5% of population
total: 96.1% of population
unimproved:
urban: 2.7% of population
rural: 9.5% of population
total: 3.9% of population (2012 est.)


Sanitation facility access:
improved:
urban: 98.1% of population
rural: 98% of population
total: 98.1% of population
unimproved:
urban: 1.9% of population
rural: 2% of population
total: 1.9% of population (2012 est.)


HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate:
less than 0.1% (2001 est.)country comparison to the world: 152


HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS:
600 (2007 est.)country comparison to the world: 154


HIV/AIDS - deaths:
fewer than 500 (2003 est.)country comparison to the world: 89


Obesity - adult prevalence rate:
30% (2008)country comparison to the world: 28


Children under the age of 5 years underweight:
1.9% (2009)country comparison to the world: 123


Education expenditures:
NA

Literacy:
definition:age 15 and over can read and write
total population:95.9%
male:97.7%
female:93.9% (2011 est.)


School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education):
total:13 years
male:13 years
female:14 years (2011)


Unemployment, youth ages 15-24:
total:29.3%country comparison to the world: 28
male:25.2%
female:48.8% (2012)


Government


Country name:
conventional long form: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
conventional short form:Jordan
local long form:Al Mamlakah al Urduniyah al Hashimiyah
local short form:Al Urdun
former:Transjordan


Government type:
constitutional monarchy


Capital:
name:Amman
geographic coordinates:31 57 N, 35 56 E
time difference:UTC+2 (7 hours ahead of Washington, DC, during Standard Time)
daylight saving time:+1hr, begins last Friday in March; ends last Friday in October


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


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


National holiday:
Independence Day, 25 May (1946)


Constitution:
previous 1928 (preindependence); latest initially adopted 28 November 1947, revised and ratified 1 January 1952; amended several times, last in 2011 (2012)


Legal system:
mixed legal system of civil law and Islamic religious law; judicial review of legislative acts in a specially provided High Tribunal


International law organization participation:
has not submitted an ICJ jurisdiction declaration; accepts ICCt jurisdiction


Suffrage:
18 years of age; universal


Executive branch:
chief of state:King ABDALLAH II (since 7 February 1999); Crown Prince HUSSEIN (born 28 June 1994), eldest son of King ABDALLAH II
head of government:Prime Minister Abdullah NSOUR (since 11 October 2012)
cabinet:Cabinet appointed by the prime minister in consultation with the monarch; note - a new cabinet was sworn in 21 August 2013 and includes 13 new ministers, enlarging the government as part of promised reforms
elections:the monarchy is hereditary; prime minister appointed by the monarch


Legislative branch:
bicameral National Assembly or Majlis al-'Umma consists of the Senate, also called the House of Notables or Majlis al-Ayan (60 seats; members appointed by the monarch to serve four-year terms) and the Chamber of Deputies, also called the House of Representatives or Majlis al-Nuwaab (150 seats; 123 members elected using the single, non-transferable vote system in multi-member districts, and 27 seats elected using a closed national list system based on proportional representation; all legislators serve four-year terms); note - the new electoral law enacted in July 2012 allocated an additional 10 seats (6 seats added to the number reserved for women, bringing the total to 15; 2 additional seats for Amman; and 1 seat each for the cities of Zarqa and Irbid; unchanged are 9 seats reserved for Christian candidates, 9 for Bedouin candidates, and 3 for Jordanians of Chechen or Circassian descent
elections:Chamber of Deputies - last held on 23 January 2013 (next election 2017); note - the King dissolved the previous Chamber of Deputies in November 2012, midway through the parliamentary term
election results:Chamber of Deputies - percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - 27 elected on closed national list to include: Islamic Centrist Party 3, Nation 2, National Union 2, Stronger Jordan 2, Ahl al-Himma 1, Al-Bayyan 1, Citizenship 1, Construction 1, Cooperation 1, Dawn 1, Dignity 1, Free Voice 1, Labor and Trade 1, National Accord Youth Block 1, National Action 1, National Current 1 (member resigned in February 2013), National Unity 1, Nobel Jerusalem 1, Salvation 1, The People 1, Unified Front 1, Voice of Nation 1; other 123; note - the IAF boycotted the election


Judicial branch:
highest court(s):Court of Cassation or Supreme Court (consists of 7 judges including the chief justice; 7-judge panels for important cases and 5 judge panels for most appeals cases)
judge selection and term of office:chief justice appointed by the king; other judges nominated by the Higher Judicial Council and approved by the king; judge tenure NA
subordinate courts:courts of appeal; magistrate courts; courts of first instance; religious courts; State Security Court


Political parties and leaders:
Ahl al-Himma
Al-Bayyan
Al-Hayah Jordanian Party [Zahier AMR]
Arab Ba'ath Socialist Party [Akram al-HIMSI]
Ba'ath Arab Progressive Party [Fuad DABBOUR]
Citizenship
Construction
Cooperation
Dawn
Democratic People's Party [Ablah ABU ULBAH]
Democratic Popular Unity Party [Sa'id DIAB]
Dignity
Du'a Party [Muhammed ABU BAKR]
Free Voice
Islamic Action Front or IAF [Hamzah MANSOUR]
Islamic Centrist Party [Muhammad al-HAJ]
Jordanian Communist Party [Munir HAMARNAH]
Jordanian National Party [Muna ABU BAKR]
Jordanian United Front [Amjad al-MAJALI]
Labor and Trade
Nation
National Accord Youth Block
National Action
National Constitution Party [Ahmad al-SHUNAQ]
National Current Party [Abd al-Hadi al-MAJALI]
National Movement for Direct Democracy [Muhammad al-QAQ]
National Union
National Unity
Nobel Jerusalem
Risalah Party [Hazem QASHOU]
Salvation
Stronger Jordan
The Direct Democratic Nationalists Movement Party [Nash'at KHALIFAH]
The People
Unified Front
United Front
Voice of the Nation


    Political pressure groups and leaders:
15 April Movement [Mohammad SUNEID, chairman]


International organization participation:
ABEDA, AFESD, AMF, CAEU, CD, CICA, EBRD, FAO, G-11, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (national committees), ICRM, IDA, IDB, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC (NGOs), LAS, MIGA, MINUSTAH, MINUSMA, MONUSCO, NAM, OIC, OPCW, OSCE (partner), PCA, UN, UN Security Council (temporary), UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNISFA, UNMIL, UNMISS, UNOCI, UNRWA, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO


Diplomatic representation in the US:
chief of mission:Ambassador Alia Hatough BOURAN (since 14 September 2010)
chancery:3504 International Drive NW, Washington, DC 20008
telephone:[1] (202) 966-2664
FAX:[1] (202) 966-3110


Diplomatic representation from the US:
chief of mission:Ambassador Stuart E. JONES (since 21 July 2011)
embassy:Abdoun, Al-Umawyeen St., Amman
mailing address:P. O. Box 354, Amman 11118 Jordan; Unit 70200, Box 5, DPO AE 09892-0200
telephone:[962] (6) 590-6000
FAX:[962] (6) 592-0163


Flag description:
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


National symbol(s):
eagle


National anthem:
name:'As-salam al-malaki al-urdoni' (Long Live the King of Jordan)

lyrics/music:Abdul-Mone'm al-RIFAI'/Abdul-Qader al-TANEER
note:adopted 1946; the shortened version of the anthem is used most commonly, while the full version is reserved for special occasions


Economy


Economy - overview:
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 some fuel subsidies, which in the last decade spurred economic growth by attracting foreign investment and creating some jobs. The global economic slowdown and regional turmoil, however, have depressed Jordan's GDP growth, impacting export-oriented sectors, construction, and tourism. In 2011 and 2012, the government approved two economic relief packages and a budgetary supplement, meant to improve the living conditions for the middle and poor classes. Jordan's finances have also been strained by a series of natural gas pipeline attacks in Egypt, causing Jordan to substitute more expensive diesel imports, primarily from Saudi Arabia, to generate electricity. Jordan is currently exploring nuclear power generation in addition to the exploitation of abundant oil shale reserves and renewable technologies to forestall energy shortfalls. In 2012, to correct budgetary and balance of payments imbalances, Jordan entered into a $2.1 billion, multiple year International Monetary Fund Stand-By Arrangement. Jordan's financial sector has been relatively isolated from the international financial crisis because of its limited exposure to overseas capital markets. In 2013, Jordan depended heavily on foreign assistance to finance the budget deficit, as the influx of about 600,000 Syrian refugees put additional pressure on expenditures.


GDP (purchasing power parity):
$40.02 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 105
$38.76 billion (2012 est.)
$37.71 billion (2011 est.)
note:data are in 2013 US dollars


GDP (official exchange rate):
$34.08 billion (2013 est.)


GDP - real growth rate:
3.3% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 106
2.8% (2012 est.)
2.6% (2011 est.)


GDP - per capita (PPP):
$6,100 (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 151
$6,100 (2012 est.)
$6,000 (2011 est.)
note:data are in 2013 US dollars


Gross national saving:
29.1% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 30
24.7% of GDP (2012 est.)
28.5% of GDP (2011 est.)


GDP - composition, by end use:
household consumption:73.1%
government consumption:21%
investment in fixed capital:26.2%
investment in inventories:17%
exports of goods and services:44.1%
imports of goods and services:-81.4%
(2013 est.)


GDP - composition, by sector of origin:
agriculture:3.2%
industry:29.9%
services:67% (2013 est.)


Agriculture - products:
citrus, tomatoes, cucumbers, olives, strawberries, stone fruits; sheep, poultry, dairy


Industries:
clothing, fertilizers, potash, phosphate mining, pharmaceuticals, petroleum refining, cement, inorganic chemicals, light manufacturing, tourism


Industrial production growth rate:
2.8% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 109

Labor force:
1.898 million (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 123


Labor force - by occupation:
agriculture:2.7%
industry:20%
services:77.4% (2007 est.)


Unemployment rate:
14% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 133
12.5% (2012 est.)
note:official rate; unofficial rate is approximately 30%


Population below poverty line:
14.2% (2002)


Household income or consumption by percentage share:
lowest 10%:3.4%
highest 10%:28.7% (2010 est.)


    Distribution of family income - Gini index:
39.7 (2007)
country comparison to the world: 60
36.4 (1997)


Budget:
revenues:$6.868 billion
expenditures:$10.71 billion (2013 est.)


Taxes and other revenues:
20.2% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 164

Budget surplus (+) or deficit (-):
-11.3% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 207


Public debt:
79.1% of GDP (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 28
75.5% of GDP (2012 est.)
note:data cover central government debt, and include debt instruments issued (or owned) by government entities other than the treasury; the data include treasury debt held by foreign entities; the data exclude debt issued by subnational entities, as well as intra-governmental debt; intra-governmental debt consists of treasury borrowings from surpluses in the social funds, such as for retirement, medical care, and unemployment; debt instruments for the social funds are not sold at public auctions


Fiscal year:
calendar year


Inflation rate (consumer prices):
5.9% (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 170
4.8% (2012 est.)


Central bank discount rate:
0.3% (31 December 2010 est.)
$NA (31 December 2009 est.)


Commercial bank prime lending rate:
8.9% (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 98
8.95% (31 December 2012 est.)


Stock of narrow money:
$10.68 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 75
$10.17 billion (31 December 2012 est.)


Stock of broad money:
$37.19 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 73
$35.18 billion (31 December 2012 est.)


Stock of domestic credit:
$38.3 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 64
$35.39 billion (31 December 2012 est.)


Market value of publicly traded shares:
$27 billion (31 December 2012 est.)


Current account balance:
-$4.766 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 166
-$5.37 billion (2012 est.)


Exports:
$7.914 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 101
$7.898 billion (2012 est.)


Exports - commodities:
clothing, fertilizers, potash, phosphates, vegetables, pharmaceuticals


Exports - partners:
US 16.6%, Iraq 15.1%, Saudi Arabia 11%, India 10.5%, Indonesia 4.2% (2012)


Imports:
$18.61 billion (2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 79
$18.46 billion (2012 est.)


Imports - commodities:
crude oil, machinery, transport equipment, iron, cereals


Imports - partners:
Saudi Arabia 23.6%, China 9.4%, US 6.7%, Italy 4.7%, Turkey 4.6% (2012)


Reserves of foreign exchange and gold:
$11.83 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 71
$8.829 billion (31 December 2012 est.)


Debt - external:
$22.04 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 80
$19.67 billion (31 December 2012 est.)


Stock of direct foreign investment - at home:
$26.69 billion (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 65
$24.78 billion (31 December 2012 est.)


Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad:
$549 million (31 December 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 79
$509 million (31 December 2012 est.)


Exchange rates:
Jordanian dinars (JOD) per US dollar -
0.709 (2013 est.)
0.709 (2012 est.)
0.71 (2010 est.)
0.709 (2009)
0.709 (2008)


Energy


Electricity - production:
14.64 billion kWh (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 85


Electricity - consumption:
13.54 billion kWh (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 81


Electricity - exports:
86 million kWh (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 78


Electricity - imports:
1.738 billion kWh (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 56


Electricity - installed generating capacity:
3.138 million kW (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 89


Electricity - from fossil fuels:
99.4% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 50


Electricity - from nuclear fuels:
0% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 115


Electricity - from hydroelectric plants:
0.4% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 145


Electricity - from other renewable sources:
0.2% of total installed capacity (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 92


Crude oil - production:
164.8 bbl/day (2012 est.)
country comparison to the world: 120


Crude oil - exports:
0 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 134


Crude oil - imports:
68,320 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 52


    Crude oil - proved reserves:
1 million bbl (1 January 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 97


Refined petroleum products - production:
72,190 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 77


Refined petroleum products - consumption:
107,000 bbl/day (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 75


Refined petroleum products - exports:
0 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 188


Refined petroleum products - imports:
35,600 bbl/day (2010 est.)
country comparison to the world: 85


Natural gas - production:
230 million cu m (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 77


Natural gas - consumption:
1.4 billion cu m (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 84


Natural gas - exports:
0 cu m (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 125


Natural gas - imports:
830 million cu m (2011 est.)
country comparison to the world: 61


Natural gas - proved reserves:
6.031 billion cu m (1 January 2013 est.)
country comparison to the world: 90


Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy:
18.55 million Mt (2011 est.)



Communications


Telephones - main lines in use:
435,000 (2012)
country comparison to the world: 100


Telephones - mobile cellular:
8.984 million (2012)
country comparison to the world: 87


Telephone system:
general assessment:service has improved recently with increased use of digital switching equipment; microwave radio relay transmission and coaxial and fiber-optic cable are employed on trunk lines; growing mobile-cellular usage in both urban and rural areas is reducing use of fixed-line services
domestic:1995 telecommunications law opened all non-fixed-line services to private competition; in 2005, monopoly over fixed-line services terminated and the entire telecommunications sector was opened to competition; currently multiple mobile-cellular providers with subscribership reaching 115 per 100 persons in 2011
international:country code - 962; landing point for the Fiber-Optic Link Around the Globe (FLAG) FEA and FLAG Falcon submarine cable networks; satellite earth stations - 33 (3 Intelsat, 1 Arabsat, and 29 land and maritime Inmarsat terminals); fiber-optic cable to Saudi Arabia and microwave radio relay link with Egypt and Syria; participant in Medarabtel (2011)



    Broadcast media:
radio and TV dominated by the government-owned Jordan Radio and Television Corporation (JRTV) that operates a main network, a sports network, a film network, and a satellite channel; first independent TV broadcaster aired in 2007; international satellite TV and Israeli and Syrian TV broadcasts are available; roughly 30 radio stations with JRTV operating the main government-owned station; transmissions of multiple international radio broadcasters are available (2007)


Internet country code:
.jo


Internet hosts:
69,473 (2012)
country comparison to the world: 89


Internet users:
1.642 million (2009)
country comparison to the world: 78



Transportation


Airports
18 (2013)
country comparison to the world: 140


Airports - with paved runways
total:16
over 3,047 m:8
2,438 to 3,047 m:5
1,524 to 2,437 m:2
914 to 1,523 m:1 (2013)


Airports - with unpaved runways
total:2
under 914 m:
2 (2013)


Heliports
1 (2012)


Pipelines
gas 473 km; oil 49 km (2013)


Railways
total:507 kmcountry comparison to the world: 111
narrow gauge:507 km 1.050-m gauge (2008)


    Roadways
total:7,203 kmcountry comparison to the world: 144
paved:7,203 km (2011)


Merchant marine
total:12country comparison to the world: 107
by type:cargo 4, passenger/cargo 6, petroleum tanker 1, roll on/roll off 1
foreign-owned:2 (UAE 2)
registered in other countries:16 (Bahamas 2, Egypt 2, Indonesia 1, Panama 11) (2010)



Ports and terminals
major seaport(s):Al 'Aqabah


Military


Military branches
Jordanian Armed Forces (JAF): Royal Jordanian Land Force (RJLF), Royal Jordanian Navy, Royal Jordanian Air Force (Al-Quwwat al-Jawwiya al-Malakiya al-Urduniya, RJAF), Special Operations Command (Socom); Public Security Directorate (normally falls under Ministry of Interior, but comes under JAF in wartime or crisis) (2013)


Military service age and obligation
17 years of age for voluntary male military service; initial service term 2 years, with option to reenlist for 18 years; conscription at age 18 suspended in 1999; women not subject to conscription, but can volunteer to serve in noncombat military positions in the Royal Jordanian Arab Army Women's Corps and RJAF (2013)


Manpower available for military service
males age 16-49:1,674,260
females age 16-49:1,611,315 (2010 est.)


    Manpower fit for military service
males age 16-49:1,439,192
females age 16-49:1,384,500 (2010 est.)


Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually
male:73,574
female:69,420 (2010 est.)


Military expenditures
4.65% of GDP (2012)
country comparison to the world: 6
4.64% of GDP (2011)
4.65% of GDP (2010)


Transnational Issues


Disputes - international
2004 Agreement settles border dispute with Syria pending demarcation


    Refugees and internally displaced persons
refugees (country of origin):55,509 (Iraq) (2013); 2,070,973 (Palestinian refugees (UNRWA)); 597,328 (Syria) (2014)


Information provided by CIA - The World Fact Book



Doing Business in Jordan 2015


           
 

 
Jordan

  Ease of Doing Business (rank)
Overall DTF (distance to frontier)
117
58.4
 
 
Starting a Business (rank)
86
 
 
Paying Taxes (rank)
45
 
  DTF
85.61
 
  DTF
81.19
 
  Procedures (number)
7
 
  Payments (number per year)
25
 
  Time (days)
12
 
  Time (hours per year)
151
 
  Cost (% of income per capita)
21.4
 
  Profit tax (%)
13.2
 
  Paid-in min. capital (% of income per capita)
0.0
 
  Labor tax and contributions (%)
13.8
 
 

 
  Other taxes (%)
2
 
  Dealing with Construction Permits (rank)
126
 
  Total tax rate (% of profit)
29.0
 
  DTF
66.02
 
 

 
  Procedures (number)
16
 
  Trading Across Borders (rank)
54
 
  Time (days)
63
 
  DTF
78.92
 
  Cost (% of warehouse value)
9.5
 
  Documents to export (number)
5
 
   
 
 
  Time to export (days)
12
 
  Getting Electricity (rank)
44
 
  Cost to export (US$ per container)
825
 
  DTF
82.95
 
  Cost to export (deflated US$ per container)
825
 
  Procedures (number)
5
 
  Documents to import (number)
7
 
  Time (days)
50
 
  Time to import (days)
15
 
   Cost (% of income per capita)
315.9
 
  Cost to import (US$ per container)
1,235.00
 
   
 
 
  Cost to import (deflated US$ per container)
1,235.00
 
  Registering Property (rank)
107
 
 

 
  DTF
63.45
 
  Enforcing Contracts (rank)
114
 
  Procedures (number)
7
 
  DTF
54.04
 
  Time (days)
21
 
  Time (days)
689
 
  Cost (% of property value)
7.5
 
  Cost (% of claim)
31.2
 
 
 
 
  Procedures (number)
39
 
  Getting Credit (rank)
185
 
 

 
  DTF
0
 
  Resolving Insolvency (rank)
145
 
  Strength of legal rights index (0-12)
0
 
  DTF
30.17
 
  Depth of credit information index (0-8)
0
 
  Time (years)
3
 
  Credit registry coverage (% of adults)
2.2
 
  Cost (% of estate)
20
 
  Credit bureau coverage (% of adults)
0.0
 
  Outcome(0 as piecemeal sale and 1 as going concern)
0
 
 

 
  Recovery rate (cents on the dollar)
27
 
  Protecting Minority Investors (rank)
154
 
  Commencement of proceedings index (0-3)
2
 
  DTF
41.67
 
  Management of debtor's assets index (0-6)
2
 
  Extent of disclosure index (0-10)
4
 
  Reorganization proceedings index (0-3)
0
 
  Extent of director liability index (0-10)
4
 
  Creditor participation index (0-4)
1
 
  Ease of shareholder suits index (0-10)
2
 
  Strength of insolvency framework index (0-16)
5
 
  Extent of conflict of interest regulation index (0-10)
3.3
 
 

 
  Extent of shareholder rights index (0-10.5)
4.5
 
 

 
  Strength of governance structure index (0-10.5)
3.5
 
 

 
  Extent of corporate transparency index (0-9)
7
 
 

 
  Extent of shareholder governance index (0-10)
5
 
 

 
  Strength of minority investor protection index (0-10)
4.2
 
 

 
 
 
 
 



Information provided by The World Bank Group