Looking to boost your local knowledge? Take a look at these 22 facts about Tajikistan!
- Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked country in Central Asia.
- It is bordered by Uzbekistan to the north and west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, China to the east and Afghanistan to the south.
- Are you a fan of climbing or trekking through mountains? Tajikistan could well be your haven! Follow the coordinates of 38.5500° N, 68.8000° E for your next exploration.
- The terrain here is dominated by mountainous ranges which cover more than 90% of the country, whilst there are valleys in the north and southwest.
- There are reportedly more than 900 lakes in Tajikistan!
- The total land area of Tajikistan is 55,251 square miles (143,100 square kilometres)…
- …that’s slightly larger than England.
- Tajikistan’s population was 8.2 million in 2013…
- …that’s around the same population as London!
- The capital is Dushanbe; it covers an area of 48.1 square miles (124.6 square kilometres) and had a population of 756,143 in 2012.
- Tajikistanis enjoy a mid-latitude continental climate with hot summers and mild winters throughout most of the country, whilst the Pamir Mountains experience a semiarid to polar climate.
- The official languages of Tajikistan are Tajiki, Persian and Russian.
- You might be inclined to purchase some vodka to keep you warm whilst enjoying the incredible views the mountains have to offer. If so, you’ll need to exchange your sterling for Tajikistan Somoni, the official currency here.
- It is considered highly attractive for Tajikistani women to have a monobrow, however, if they are unfortunate enough to be born with separate eyebrows, paint is often used to create the illusion and thus increase their apparent beauty! Ladies, are you taking note?
- The average life span here is 68 years.
- The Silk Road, an ancient network of trade routes passes through Tajikistan.
- A former member of the Soviet Union, Tajikistan gained independence in 1991.
- Tajikistan is home to the Nurek Dam; built to generate hydroelectricity, it is one of the largest dams in the world!
- Tajikistan grows grains, cotton, fruits and vegetables and rears cattle, sheep and goats.
- Its industry consists of aluminium, lead, zinc, chemicals and fertilisers.
- Tajikistan also exports aluminium, cotton, electricity, fruits, vegetable oil and textiles.
- Do you know someone lucky enough to live in the Tajikistani mountains? You can call Tajikistan through Cherry Call using the international dialling code of 00992.
To keep up-to-date with what’s going on in Tajikistan, head over to the Asia Plus website (http://news.tj/en).