Jordan Population: 6,482,081

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 Background
Following World War I and the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, the League of Nations awarded Britain the mandate to govern much of the Middle East. Britain demarcated a semi-autonomous region of Transjordan from Palestine in the early 1920s. The area gained its independence in 1946 and thereafter became The Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The country's long-time ruler, King HUSSEIN (1953-99), successfully navigated competing pressures from the major powers (US, USSR, and UK), various Arab states, Israel, and a large internal Palestinian population. Jordan lost the West Bank to Israel in the 1967 Six-Day War. King HUSSEIN in 1988 permanently relinquished Jordanian claims to the West Bank; in 1994 he signed a peace treaty with Israel. King ABDALLAH II, King HUSSEIN's eldest son, assumed the throne following his father's death in 1999. He implemented modest political and economic reforms, but in the wake of the "Arab Revolution" across the Middle East, Jordanians continue to press for further political liberalization, government reforms, and economic improvements.

 Geography
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
Location: Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia, between Israel (to the west) and Iraq
Geographic coordinates: 31 00 N, 36 00 E
Area: total: 89,342 sq km land: 88,802 sq km water: 540 sq km

Size comparison: 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)
Natural hazards: droughts; periodic earthquakes
Current Environment Issues: limited natural freshwater resources; deforestation; overgrazing; soil erosion; desertification
International Environment 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
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 People
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: Sunni Muslim 92% (official), Christian 6% (majority Greek Orthodox, but some Greek and Roman Catholics, Syrian Orthodox, Coptic Orthodox, Armenian Orthodox, and Protestant denominations), other 2% (several small Shia Muslim and Druze populations) (2001 est.)
Population: 6,482,081 (July 2013 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 34.6% (male 1,154,791/female 1,089,901) 15-24 years: 19.9% (male 661,516/female 625,311) 25-54 years: 36.2% (male 1,181,882/female 1,164,957) 55-64 years: 4.3% (male 133,371/female 142,636) 65 years and over: 5.1% (male 158,514/female 169,202) (2013 est.)
Dependency ratios: total dependency ratio: 60.2 % youth dependency ratio: 54.5 % elderly dependency ratio: 5.7 % potential support ratio: 17.6 (2013)
Median age: total: 22.6 years
male: 22.2 years female: 22.9 years (2013 est.)
Population growth rate: 0.14% (2013 est.)
Birth rate: 26.23 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Death rate: 2.8 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Net migration rate: -22.02 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)
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) 1.088 million (2009)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.06 male(s)/female 0-14 years: 1.06 male(s)/female 15-24 years: 1.06 male(s)/female 25-54 years: 1.02 male(s)/female 55-64 years: 0.93 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.95 male(s)/female total population: 1.03 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
Mother's mean age at first birth: 24.9 note: Median age at first birth among women 25-29 (2009 est.)
Maternal mortality rate: 63 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
Infant mortality rate: total: 15.26 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 15.89 deaths/1,000 live births female: 14.59 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 80.3 years
male: 78.91 years female: 81.77 years (2013 est.)
Total fertility rate: 3.32 children born/woman (2013 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate: 59.3% (2009)
Health expenditures: 8% of GDP (2010)
Physicians density: 2.45 physicians/1,000 population (2009)
Hospital bed density: 1.8 beds/1,000 population (2010)
Drinking water source: improved: urban: 98% of population rural: 92% of population total: 97% of population unimproved: urban: 2% of population rural: 8% of population total: 3% of population (2010 est.)
Sanitation facility access: improved: urban: 98% of population rural: 98% of population total: 98% of population unimproved: urban: 2% of population rural: 2% of population total: 2% of population (2010 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: less than 0.1% (2001 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: 600 (2007 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths: fewer than 500 (2003 est.)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate: 30% (2008)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight: 1.9% (2009)
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: 12 years female: 13 years (2010)
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24: total: 29.9%
male: 26.2% female: 46.8% (2011)
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 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 first Friday in April; ends last Friday in October note: Jordan remains on DST following a decision by the government to cancel a change back to Standard Time in October 2012; DST currently scheduled to end the fourth 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: 1 January 1952; amended many times
Legal system: mixed legal system of civil law and Islamic religious law; judicial review of legislative acts in a specially provided High Tribunal
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 30 March 2013 (For more information visit the World Leaders website ) 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 NA); 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 Pary [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] 24 March Movement [Mu'az al-KHAWALIDAH, Abdel Rahman HASANEIN, spokespersons] 1952 Constitution Movement Anti-Normalization Committee [Hamzah MANSOUR, chairman] Economic and Social Association of Retired Servicemen and Veterans or ESARSV [Abdulsalam al-HASSANAT, chairman] Group of 36 Higher Coordination Committee of Opposition Parties [Said DIAB] Higher National Committee for Military Retirees or HNCMR [Ali al-HABASHNEH, chairman] Hirak Jordan Bar Association [Saleh al-ARMUTI, chairman] Jordanian Campaign for Change or Jayin Jordanian Muslim Brotherhood [Dr. Hamam SAID, controller general] Jordanian Press Association [Sayf al-SHARIF, president] National Front for Reform or NFR [Ahmad OBEIDAT, chairman] Popular Gathering for Reform Professional Associations Council [Abd al-Hadi al-FALAHAT, chairman] Sons of Jordan
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, MONUSCO, NAM, OIC, OPCW, OSCE (partner), PCA, UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNHCR, UNIDO, UNISFA, UNMIL, UNMISS, UNOCI, UNRWA, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WFTU (NGOs), WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
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
Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Alia Hatough BOURAN 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 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
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 Economy
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. Jordan will continue to depend heavily on foreign assistance to finance the deficit in 2013.
GDP (purchasing power parity): GDP (purchasing power parity): $39.29 billion (2012 est.) $38.22 billion (2011 est.) $37.25 billion (2010 est.) note: data are in 2012 US dollars
GDP (official exchange rate): GDP (official exchange rate): $31.21 billion (2012 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 2.8% (2012 est.) 2.6% (2011 est.) 2.3% (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): GDP - per capita (PPP): $6,100 (2012 est.) $6,100 (2011 est.) $6,100 (2010 est.) note: data are in 2012 US dollars
Gross national saving: 6.2% of GDP (2012 est.) 12.6% of GDP (2011 est.) 19.6% of GDP (2010 est.)
GDP - composition, by end use: household consumption: 73.6% government consumption: 21.8% investment in fixed capital: 25.9% investment in inventories: -1.6% exports of goods and services: 44.7% imports of goods and services: -64.4% (2012 est.)
GDP - composition, by sector of origin: household consumption: 73.6% government consumption: 21.8% investment in fixed capital: 25.9% investment in inventories: -1.6% exports of goods and services: 44.7% imports of goods and services: -64.4% (2012 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: 0.8% (2012 est.)
Labor force: 1.835 million (2012 est.)
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 2.7% industry: 20% services: 77.4% (2007 est.)
Unemployment rate: 12.5% (2012 est.) 12.3% (2011 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) 36.4 (1997)
Budget: revenues: $6.668 billion expenditures: $9.678 billion (2012 est.)
Taxes and other revenues: 21.4% of GDP (2012 est.)
Public debt: 75% of GDP (2012 est.) 70.7% of GDP (2011 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): Inflation rate (consumer prices): 4.8% (2012 est.) 4.4% (2011 est.)
Current account balance: -$3.359 billion (2012 est.) -$2.871 billion (2011 est.)
Exports: $7.897 billion (2012 est.) $8.018 billion (2011 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: $18.4 billion (2012 est.) $16.85 billion (2011 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: $8.829 billion (31 December 2012 est.) $12.11 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Debt - external: $17.71 billion (31 December 2012 est.) $17.63 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - at home: $24.33 billion (31 December 2012 est.) $22.92 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad: $NA
Market value of publicly traded shares: $27 billion (31 December 2012) $27.18 billion (31 December 2011) $30.86 billion (31 December 2010)
Exchange rates: Jordanian dinars (JOD) per US dollar - 0.709 (2012 est.) 0.709 (2011 est.) 0.71 (2010 est.) 0.709 (2009) 0.709 (2008)
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 Energy
Electricity - production: 14.64 billion kWh (2011 est.) country comparison to the world: 85
Electricity - consumption: 13.54 billion kWh (2011 est.)
Electricity - exports: 86 million kWh (2011 est.)
Electricity - imports: 1.738 billion kWh (2011 est.)
Electricity - installed generating capacity: 3.14 million kW (2010 est.)
Electricity - from fossil fuels: 99.3% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from nuclear fuels: 0% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants: 0.5% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from other renewable sources: 0.2% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Crude oil - production: 20 bbl/day (2011 est.)
Crude oil - exports: 0 bbl/day (2011 est.)
Crude oil - imports: 29,310 bbl/day (2009 est.)
Crude oil - proved reserves: 1 million bbl (1 January 2012 est.)
Refined petroleum products - production: 79,190 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Refined petroleum products - consumption: 107,000 bbl/day (2011 est.)
Refined petroleum products - exports: 0 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Refined petroleum products - imports: 18,620 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Natural gas - production: 226.5 million cu m (2011 est.)
Natural gas - consumption: 1.4 billion cu m (2011 est.)
Natural gas - exports: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - imports: 793 million cu m (2011 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves: 6.031 billion cu m (1 January 2012 est.)
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy: 19.07 million Mt (2010 est.)
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 Communications
Telephones in use: 465,400 (2011) country comparison to the world: 102
Cellular Phones in use: 7.483 million (2011)
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)
Internet users: 1.642 million (2009)
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 Transportation
Airports: 18 (2013) country comparison to the world: 140
Airports (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 (unpaved runways): total 2
under 914 m: 2 (2013)
Heliports: 1 (2012)
Pipelines: gas 473 km; oil 49 km (2013)
Railways: total 507 km
narrow gauge: 507 km 1.050-m gauge (2008)
Roadways: total 7,891 km
paved: 7,891 km (2009)
Merchant marine: total 12
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: Al 'Aqabah
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 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: 9.5% of GDP (2012)
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 Transnational Issues
Disputes - International: 2004 Agreement settles border dispute with Syria pending demarcation
Refugees and internally displaced persons: refugees (country of origin): 1,979,580 (Palestinian refugees (UNRWA)) (2011); 63,037 (Iraq) (2012); 519,676 (Syria) (2013)
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