Jordan is in the Middle East, northwest of Saudi Arabia. The climate is mostly arid desert with a rainy season in the west. The official language is Arabic. English is widely spoken at all levels of society, including by taxi drivers and hotel staff. Other European languages are less commonly understood. It is appreciated if an attempt is made to use a few basic greetings and other words. Visitors are advised to learn the pronunciation of place names, particularly districts of Amman. The main religion is Islam. The economy of Jordan is small with limited natural resources, but has improved much since its inception as a country. Jordan's economic resource base centres on phosphates, potash, and their fertilizer derivatives; tourism; overseas remittances; and foreign aid. Jordanians are generally happy to act as hosts and guides, and are most willing to inform visitors about their traditions and culture. Attitudes towards businesswomen are conservative and female expatriates may occasionally encounter patronising attitudes from Jordanian male counterparts. Business meetings are formal and business suits are appropriate for expatriates. Businesswomen can travel alone on business to Jordan. The working week is Sunday to Thursday. The security risk for expatriates in Jordan is low, but medium in the North-eastern border area with Iraq and the border area with Syria. Risks include petty crime in crowded areas, car theft, burglaries, traffic accidents, protests (that do not impact expatriates much), and terrorism. Expatriates should be cautious not to offend local culture and religious sensitivities with regard to dress and behaviour. The currency of Jordan is the Jordanian Dinar (JOD). ATMs are available in Amman but less so in the rest of the country. Medical facilities outside Amman are basic. Middle East respiratory syndrome coronavirus has been reported. The population of Jordan is 10 Million (2018 est.), while the inflation rate (CPI) is 4.6% for Jordan as at April 2018. For a single Expat, the personal income tax rate in Jordan is progressive up to 20%.
Cost Of Living
The cost of living for expatriates / professional migrants in In Jordan, the cost of each basket, based on local prices, compared to the international average, is categorized follows (Exact cost of living percentages only available in personalised reports): Jordan as at 1 April 2018 is high in comparison to other places in the world. 1) Alcohol (where available) & Tobacco: Very High 2) Clothing: Very High 3) Communication: High 4) Education: High 5) Furniture & Appliances: Very High 6) Groceries: High 7) Healthcare: Average 8) Household Accommodation: Average 9) Miscellaneous: High 10) Personal Care: High 11) Recreation & Culture: Average 12) Restaurants Meals Out and Hotels: Average 13) Transport: Very Low Jordan is for example 8.2% more expensive than USA for groceries, -13.6% cheaper for household costs than UK, and 44.1% more expensive for transport costs than India. The hardship premium for Jordan for an expat from Australia, is for example 20%, i.e. host location (Jordan) premium of 30% minus home (Australia) location premium of 10%. Jordan is ranked as a high degree of hardship location. Want to know more about cost of living, hardship (quality of living) or expat salary in Jordan? Register subscribe to your home location and Jordan and run your personalised reports.