About Afghanistan

Government of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan

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Afghanistan, in southwestern Asia, bounded on the north by Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and Tajikistan; on the east by China and the part of the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir controlled by Pakistan; on the south by Pakistan; and on the west by Iran. Afghanistan was a monarchy from 1747 to 1973, when the king was overthrown by military officers and the country was proclaimed a republic; the republic dissolved in 1992 as the country erupted in civil war. Afghanistan lies across ancient trade and invasion routes from central Asia into India. This position has been the greatest influence on its history because the invaders often settled there. Today the population includes many different ethnic groups. Most of the present borders of the country were drawn up in the 19th century, when Afghanistan became a buffer state, or neutral zone, between Russia and British India. Kabul is the capital and largest city.

 

Key Data
Region:Asia
Area Total:647,500 km2
Area Land:647,500 km2
Coast Line:0 km (Landlocked) km
Capital:Kabul
Climate:Dry to semiarid; cold winters and hot summers
Languages:Pashto  and Dari (Farsi) is spoken by almost every ethnic division, they are Indo-European languages and are the major two languages spoken in Afghanistan; other Indo-European, Indo-Aryan languages, such as Balochi, Pashayi and Eastern Farsi, are also spoken; Turkic and Altaic languages, such as Uzbek and Turkmen, are present.
Currency:Afghani
Holiday:Independence Day, 19 August

Boundaries

Pakistan:2,430km

Tajikistan:1,206km

Iran:936km

Turkmenistan:744km

Uzbekistan:137km

China:76km

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