The relatively small, almost landlocked country of Jordan is strategically located at the crossroads of Asia, Africa and Europe and is home to 9.5 million people. Occupied since the Paleolithic era, Jordan’s history is rich and complicated, and has resulted in a culture that values hospitality and respect.
Considered to be one of the safest Arab countries in the Middle East, and among the most free – first among the Arab states in the Human Freedom Index in 2015 - Jordan has also been one of the most welcoming. With turmoil all around, Jordan has accepted refugees from almost all of the surrounding conflicts since 1948. In 2015 there were 2.1 million Palestinians residing in the country, and since 2010, 1.4 million Syrian refugees have entered Jordan to escape the violence at home.
The modern education system has produced a very high proportion of skilled technology and industry workers, attracting large foreign investments.