20 Tremendous Facts About Turkmenistan

  1. Turkmenistan is an often overlooked but highly cultural country in Central Asia.
  2. It is bordered by Kazakhstaninteresting facts about Turkmenistan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the north and east, Afghanistan to the southeast and Iran to the south and southwest. It also has a coastline along the Caspian Sea to the west.
  3. The coordinates for Turkmenistan are 37.9667° N, 58.3333°
  4. The terrain here is mostly flat-to-rolling sand dunes and desert with low mountains to the south.
  5. More than 80% of Turkmenistan’s land is covered by the Karakum Desert!
  6. The total land area of Turkmenistan is 188,456 square miles (488,100 square kilometres).
  7. Turkmenistan’s population was 5.2 million in 2013.
  8. The capital is Ashgabat which covers an area of 169.9 square miles (440 square kilometres) and has a population of 683,000 (2011).
  9. Ashgabat was almost completely destroyed by an earthquake measuring 7.3 in 1948 and subsequently the buildings and most of the infrastructure had to be rebuilt.
  10. The average life span here is 67 years.
  11. Since 1993, water, electricity and gas have been free to all residents in Turkmenistan, meaning the majority of families never turn their stove off to save on the cost of matches! Wow!
  12. It is commonplace for Turkmen to drink hot green tea during the summer to keep their body cool!
  13. For centuries Turkmen carpets have been famous around the world for their high quality, distinctive patterns and deep, rich colours.
  14. The residents of Turkmenistan enjoy a subtropical desert climate with hot, dry summers and moderate, wet winters.
  15. The official language of Turkmenistan is Turkmen, although Russian and Uzbek are also often spoken.
  16. To buy your green tea to keep you cool, bring some Turkmenistan Manat, the official currency of Turkmenistan.
  17. Turkmenistan grows cotton and grain and rears livestock.
  18. Its industry consists of natural gas, oil, petroleum products and textiles.
  19. Turkmenistan also exports oil, gas, textiles and cotton fibres.
  20. The international dialling code for this sandy country is 00993.  Click here to find out how to make cheap calls to Turkmenistan with Cherry Call

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