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Countries of the World: Tajikistan
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Economy of Tajikistan (data from IMF unless otherwise noted; IMF estimated total population at 6,497,000 in 2009) GDP nominal: $4.58 billion (2009); $5.50 billion (2010 est.). GDP nominal per capita (2009): U.S. $766. Purchasing power parity: $2,104. GDP real growth rate (2009): 3.4%. Inflation rate: 6.47% (2009 est.); 7.04% (2010 est.). Natural resources: Hydropower, some petroleum, uranium, gold, mercury, brown coal, lead, zinc, antimony, tungsten. Official unemployment rate (2009, CIA World Fact Book): 2.2%. The official rate is estimated based on the number of registered unemployment benefit recipients; it does not take into account the significant number of people who seek work abroad. According to the State Statistics Agency, 11.5% of the working age population is unemployed. Underemployment also is very high--possibly as high as 40% of the work force; 53% live below the poverty line according to the World Bank. Agriculture: Products--cotton, grain, fruits, grapes, vegetables; cattle, sheep, goats. Industry: Types--aluminum, zinc, lead, chemicals and fertilizers, cement, vegetable oil, textiles, metal-cutting machine tools, refrigerators and freezers. Trade: Imports (Jan.-Aug. 2009)--$1.6 billion f.o.b.: aluminum, electricity, cotton, gold, fruits, vegetable oil, textiles. Main partners include Russia, China, Iran, Uzbekistan. Exports (Jan.-Aug. 2009)--$0.6 billion f.o.b.: electricity, petroleum products, aluminum oxide, machinery and equipment, foodstuffs. Partners include Russia, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Azerbaijan, China, Ukraine, and Turkmenistan. Total external debt: $1.656 billion (2009); $1.972 billion (2010 projection). Debt/GDP ratio: 33.5% (2009 est.); 36.3% (2010 est.).
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Geography of Tajikistan Area: 143,100 sq. km. Capital: Dushanbe. Terrain: Pamir and Alay mountains dominate landscape; western Ferghana valley in north, Kofarnihon and Vakhsh Valleys in southwest. Climate: Mid-latitude continental, hot summers, mild winters; semiarid to polar in Pamir mountains.
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Government of Tajikistan Type: Republic. Independence: September 9, 1991 (from Soviet Union). Constitution: November 6, 1994. Branches: Executive--chief of state: President Emomali RAHMON since November 6, 1994; head of state and Supreme Assembly Chairman since November 19, 1992; head of government (appointed by the president): Prime Minister Oqil OQILOV since January 20, 1999; Oqilov has reached mandatory retirement age, but has not yet been replaced. Cabinet: Council of Ministers appointed by the president, approved by the Supreme Assembly. Elections: president elected by popular vote for a 7-year term; election last held November 6, 2006. Election results: Emomali RAHMON 79.3%, Olimjon BOBOYEV 6.2%, Amir QARAQULOV 5.3%, Ismoil TALBAKOV 5.1%, Abduhalim GHAFFOROV 2.8%. Legislative--bicameral Supreme Assembly or Majlisi Oli consists of the Assembly of Representatives or Majlisi Namoyanandagon (lower chamber; 63 seats; members are elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms) and the National Assembly or Majlisi Milli (upper chamber; 34 seats; members are indirectly elected by popular vote to serve 5-year terms, 25 selected by local deputies, 8 appointed by the president, plus former presidents of Tajikistan--currently there is one; all serve 5-year terms). Elections: last held February 28, 2010 for the Assembly of Representatives. Official election results: percent of vote by party--People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan 71.04%, Islamic Revival 8.20%, Communist Party 7.01%, other 13.75%. Judicial--Supreme Court; judges are appointed by the president. Political parties and leaders: People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan or PDPT [Emomali RAHMON]; Islamic Revival Party or IRPT [Muhiddin KABIRI]; Tajik Communist Party or CPT [Shodi SHABDOLOV]; Democratic Party or DPT [Masud Sobirov heads government-recognized faction; Mahmadruzi ISKANDAROV, currently serving 23-year prison term, is chairman of original DPT; Rahmatullo VALIYEV is deputy]; Social Democratic Party or SDPT [Rahmatullo ZOYIROV]; Socialist Party of Tajikistan or SPT [Abdukhalim GAFFOROV; Murhuseyn NARZIEV heads the original SPT party that is currently unrecognized by the government]; Agrarian Party or APT [Amir Birievich QARAQULOV]; Party of Economic Reform or PERT [Olimjon BOBOYEV]. Suffrage: 18 years of age, universal. Defense (2010 est.): Military manpower (availability)-- 1,980,000.
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Map of Tajikistan This Map of Tajikistan shows the borders of the country, as well as rivers, and cities including Dushanbe the capital of Tajikistan. (Maps from the U.S. State Department)
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Official Name of Tajikistan The Official Name of Tajikistan is the Republic of Tajikistan. (Facts from the U.S. State Department)
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People of Tajikistan (data from CIA World Factbook unless otherwise noted) Population (July 2010 estimate): 7,349,145. Population growth rate (2010 estimate): 1.9%. Ethnic groups: Tajik 80%, Uzbek 15%, Russian and others 5%. Religion (2010 Embassy est.): Sunni Muslim 95%, Shi'a Muslim 3%, other 2%. Language: Tajik (the official state language as of 1994, with followup legislation in 2009); Russian is widely used in government and business; 74% of the population lives in rural communities where mostly Tajik is spoken. Education: Literacy (according to the Tajikistan Living Standards Survey for 2007)--97.4%. The Tajik education system has been struggling through a period of decline since independence, however, and some evidence suggests functional literacy is much lower. Health (2010 est.): Life expectancy--62.29 years men; 68.52 years women. Infant mortality rate--41.03 deaths/1,000 live births. Work force (2010): The official work force is 2.1 million. The actual number of working age citizens is closer to 4 million. As many as half of all working age males, and an increasing number of females, seek jobs outside of the country, primarily in Russia.
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