Modern Jordan can trace its roots to the collapse of the Ottoman Empire, and the founding of the Emirate of Transjordan in 1921. A British protectorate, the Emirate became independent in 1946. It was then renamed the Hashemite Kingdom of Transjordan, and it again changed its name to the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan in 1949. The services industry is essential to Jordan’s economy. Tourists flock to Jordan’s Petra, a Nabatean city built in rock around 300 B.C., and to its other five UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

  • Official name: Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan
  • National anthem: The Royal Anthem of Jordan
  • Location: Middle East
  • Capital city: Amman
  • Official language: Arabic
  • Independence: 25 May 1946, from the United Kingdom
  • Government type: Constitutional monarchy with a parliamentary democracy
  • Head of State: Monarch
  • Head of Government: Prime Minister
  • Basis of legal system: Ottoman civil law (based on French civil law); English common law; Islamic law
  • Currency: Jordanian dinar
  • Climate: Arid; Mediterranean climate


Citizenship by Investment in Jordan

  • Programme announced in February 2018
  • Legal basis in the provisions of the Jordanian Nationality Law, 1954 (No. 6 of 1954), and particularly in Article 13(2), which removes the residence requirement for persons whose naturalisation is in the public interest
  • Cap of 500 persons per year
  • Three investment options:
    • A deposit in a non-interest-bearing account at the Central Bank of Jordan, to be held for at least three years and an investment in treasury bonds, to be held for six years at an interest rate determined by the Central Bank of Jordan
    • A purchase of securities from an active investment portfolio to be held for 3 years
    • An investment in any project across the country (or a reduced investment in a project located in Governorates outside of Amman) that creates a minimum of 20 local jobs (or 10 if outside Amman)

  • Applications are lodged with the Jordan Investment Commission (JIC)
  • Successful applications must be approved by the Council of Ministers and the Monarch
  • Naturalised Jordanians are barred from political or diplomatic positions, from any public office prescribed by the Council of Ministers, and from becoming members of the State Council for a period of ten years from the grant of citizenship. They are also excluded from participation in municipal or village councils for a period of five years from obtaining citizenship