|Republic of Tajikistan|
Area 143,100 sq.km. The southernmost republic of the former USSR bordering on Afghanistan, China, Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan.
Population (2000) 6,188,201 +1.48%AGR
Capital Dushanbe 582,400.
Literacy 98%. Official language Tajik. All indigenous languages 10. Languages with Scripture 2Bi 3 w.i.p.
Rich in minerals, coal, oil and hydro-electric power, thus far little used. HDI 0.665; 108th/174. Public debt 33.3% of GNP. Income/person $300 (1% of USA) the poorest of the former USSR republics.
The northern portion of the Persian Empire until the 12th Century.
Religious freedom is guaranteed, but fear of radical Islam provides the government with an excuse to watch all religious activity closely.
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