Discover 3 Countries That Start With J

Written by Taliana Potts
Updated: August 25, 2023
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Countries That Start With the Letter J
Each of these countries is located on different continents.

Out of the 195 countries in the world, only three countries start with J. Each of these countries is located on different continents, varies in size and economic status, and has distinctive wildlife. Let’s go over the countries that begin with J and some interesting facts about each.

1. Jamaica

Aerial View Of A Cliff In Portland Jamaica

Jamaica’s beautiful coastline attracts more than 4 million tourists a year.

©BigMike Photos/

This island country is part of the Greater Antilles in the Caribbean Sea. Many consider the lush green country to be the most beautiful island in the Caribbean. Its diverse geography consists of mountains, volcanoes, sandy beaches, coastal plains, rivers, and forests.

Jamaica’s main source of income is its tourism industry. Tourism accounts for over half of the country’s foreign exchange and one-fourth of its employment. Jamaica has one of the slowest-growing economies in the world. The high public debt and recurring economic shocks contribute to this slow growth.

Wildlife in Jamaica

Red-Billed Streamertail Hummingbird (Trochilus Polytmus) in Jamaica W. I.

Jamaica’s national animal is the red-billed streamertail.

©Sujatha Vempaty/

2. Japan

Fujiyoshida, Japan at Chureito Pagoda and Mt. Fuji in the spring with cherry blossoms.

Mount Fuji is the tallest mountain in Japan.

©Sean Pavone/

Japan is East Asia’s largest island country consisting of 14,125 islands. The four main islands are Hokkaido, Honshu, Kyushu, and Shikoku. About one-third of the population resides in or around Tokyo, which is located on the Pacific coast of Honshu. Most of Japan’s terrain is mountainous and rugged, with forests covering more than half of the country. 

Japan’s advanced economy is the third largest in the world. Japan is a major exporter of motor vehicles, auto parts, and plastics. The country relies on agricultural imports since its rugged terrain does not produce many natural resources. 

Japan’s Wildlife

animals, nature and wildlife concept - japanese macaque or snow monkey in hot spring of jigokudani park

The Japanese Macaque, also known as a snow monkey, is Japan’s national animal.

©Ground Picture/

3. Jordan

Stunning view from a cave of the Ad Deir - Monastery in the ancient city of Petra, Jordan: Incredible UNESCO World Heritage Site.

The historic city of Petra is located in southwestern Jordan.


Jordan is in the center of the Middle East, and it offers a diverse landscape and climate. The eastern part of the country is mostly desert, while the western part includes the Jordanian Highlands, the Dead Sea, and the fertile Jordan River Valley. Most of its larger cities are in the highlands, away from the arid eastern desert plateau. 

Jordan is a middle-income country and has one of the freest economies in the Middle East. The country is also reliant on imports because it only produces a few natural resources. Poverty rates are high, and unemployment is common among women and younger people.

Jordan’s Wildlife

  Arabian oryx or white oryx, Oryx leucoryx, antelope with a distinct shoulder bump, Evening light in nature. Travel Jordan, Arabia nature. Animal in the nature habitat, Shaumari reserve, Jordan.

Jordan’s national animal is the Arabian oryx.

©Ondrej Prosicky/

The Most Populated Country that Starts with J – Japan

Japan’s population in 2023 is estimated at 123,719,238, and it ranks 11th most populated country in the world.

The Largest Country that Starts with J by Area – Japan

Japan has a total area of 145,914 square miles. This includes the land area of 140,729 square miles and the water area of 5,185 square miles. Japan is at least four times bigger than other J countries. It ranks 63rd largest in the world. 

The Oldest Country that Starts with J – Japan

Japan is among the 10 oldest countries in the world. People began inhabiting the islands of Japan around 13000 BCE. The start of Japan’s imperial dynasty dates back to 660 BCE when the legendary Emperor Jimmu rose to the throne. Although Jimmu is a mythical legend, the scripture mentioning his reign provides a loose timeline for the start of Japan’s imperial dynasty.

The Youngest Country that Starts with J – Jamaica

The Spanish settled in Jamaica in the early 1600s after Columbus landed there in 1494. The Native Taino inhabited the island for centuries before any European settlers but were wiped out and replaced by enslaved Africans. In 1655, England gained control of the island. Jamaica remained a British colony until it joined the Federation of the West Indies in 1958. Jamaica achieved complete independence when it withdrew from the Federation in 1962.

Summary of Countries that Start with J

Here is a summary of the population of countries that start with J.


The photo featured at the top of this post is © Sean Pavone/

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About the Author

Taliana is a content writer focused on outdoor adventures and wildlife. Living the van life for the last five years has allowed her to always be on the move in search of a new mountain to climb, a surf spot to explore, or a ski resort to ride. When she is not traveling, she works as a ski instructor in Lake Tahoe. Taliana graduated from the University of Nevada, Reno with a Bachelor's in Journalism.

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