Jordan is a country located in western Asia, east of the Jordan River. Though it is known colloquially as Jordan, its official name is the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan. The country is well known for being at the crossroads between Asia, Africa and Europe. The semi-arid country is nearly land-locked. The capital city of Jordan is Amman.
The official language of Jordan is Modern Standard Arabic. However, many Jordan natives speak one or more dialects of Arabic. Almost all public schools teach English, and it is commonly spoken throughout the country and in business settings as well.
- In Jordan, when offered a meal, it is customary to politely refuse the offer thrice, before consenting.
- In the Christian faith, it is stated that when he died, Moses was buried on Mount Nebo in present-day Jordan.
- Extreme recognition of children’s accomplishments is said to bring bad luck, so Jordanians generally avoid this behavior.
- John the Baptist was imprisoned in the Jordanian palace of Machaerus, a hilltop palace to the south of Madaba, Jordan.
- The national flower of Jordan is the black iris. In fact, the country is sometimes referred to as Black Iris Country.
- The story of Lawrence of Arabia was based in Jordan. There is a museum based on his life in Wadi Rum.
- Jordan is the only country in the region that does not count oil as one of its exports.