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Tajikistan - Introduction

Introduction to Tajikistan

Tajikistan may have its problems, but mountain lovers will want to brave it. The high point of the country's unparalleled scenery are the Pamirs, which dwarf anything found outside Nepal. The Pamir Highway provides all the high-altitude thrills you could ever hope to get without donning crampons.

Full country name: Republic of Tajikistan
Area: 143,100 sq km
Population: 6.44 million
People: 64.9% Tajik, 25% Uzbek, 3.5% Russian (declining because of emigration)
Language: Tajik, Russian
Religion: 80% Sunni Muslim, 5% Shi'a Muslim
Government: republic
Head of State: President Imomali Rakhmonov
Head of Government: Prime Minister Akil Akilov
GDP: US$6 billion
GDP per capita: US$990
Annual Growth: 5.3%
Inflation: 46.3%
Major Industries: Aluminum, zinc, lead, chemicals and fertilizers, cement, vegetable oil, metal-cutting machine tools, refrigerators and freezers, cotton, grain, fruits, grapes, vegetables, cattle, sheep, goats
Major Trading Partners: CIS, the Netherlands, Switzerland, UK

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