Some quick facts about Tajikistan

  • Tajikistan is located over Afghanistan, with Kyrgyzstan above it, China on the east, and Uzbekistan to the west
  • The capital is Dushanbe (pronounced doo-shawn-bay)
  • 60% of the population is living below the poverty line (stat: 2006)
  • The country gained independence in 1991, and in the ensuing five-year civil war, up to 50,000 people were killed and over one-tenth of the population fled the country.
  • Tajikistan's population is about equal to Quebec's but in an area about one tenth the size.
  • The population is 95% Sunni Muslim, 3% Shi'a and 2% other
  • Most of the country's power is hydroelectric, so it faces severe electricity shortages during the winter. Citizens have as little as 2 hours of electricity per day
  • Tajikistan's few natural resources include hydroelectric energy, aluminum and cotton
  • The country is currently facing a food and energy shortage, as well as flooding and avalanches as the snow melts.

Sources: U.S Department of State, UN Central Emergency Response Fund,

1 comment:

david santos said...

Great posting! Tajikistan is very nice. Thank you.

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