Created as a British protectorate after the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire following World War 1, Jordan is a (now independent) Muslim-majority kingdom that is relatively open and tolerant of other religions.
In the last few years, Jordan has had to deal with the fallout from crises in Syria and Yemen and clashes with the Islamic State.
- Region: Middle East
- Capital: Amman
- Population: 7.9 million
- Area: 89,342 km2
- Religions: Muslim 96.3% (predominantly Sunni), Christian 2.1% (predominantly Greek Orthodox)
- Languages: Arabic (official), English (widely understood by upper and middle classes)