• Population: 7 million (UN, 2009)
  • Capital: Dushanbe
  • Area: 143,100 sq km (55,251 sq miles)
  • Major languages: Tajik, Uzbek, Russian
  • Major religion: Islam
  • Life expectancy: 64 years (men), 69 years (women) (UN)
  • Monetary unit: 1 Tajik somoni = 100 dirams
  • Main exports: Aluminium, electricity, cotton, fruit, textiles
  • GNI per capita: US $600 (World Bank, 2008)

History and politics

BBC Chronology of key historical events in Tajikistan

US Department of State Country Profile of Tajikistan

Dr. John Heathershaw discussing politics in Tajikistan

NewEurasia Blog on Tajikistan – translations into English and original blog entries about culture, everyday life, politics and society in Tajikistan

IFES Elections Guide on Tajikistan

Tajikistan state and NGO reports to different UN bodies

Tajikistan homepage at UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights

Reports of UN Special Rapporteurs on human rights in Tajikistan

Report of the Special Rapporteur on violence against women, its causes and consequences – Mission to Tajikistan (A/HRC/11/6/Add.2)

Report of the Special Rapporteur on freedom of religion or belief – Mission to Tajikistan (A/HRC/7/10/Add.2)

Report of the Special Rapporteur on the independence of judges and lawyers, Leandro Despouy – Mission to Tajikistan (E/CN.4/2006/52/Add.4)

Most Recent Concluding observations of UN Treaty Monitoring Bodies

Committee on the Rights of the Child
Concluding observations (2010)

Committee on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women
Concluding Observations (2007)

Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights
Concluding observations (2006)

Committee against Torture
Concluding observations (2006)

Human Rights Committee
Concluding observations (2006)

Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination
Concluding observations (2004)

International organizations in Tajikistan

Aga Khan Development Network The Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN) works towards the vision of an economically dynamic, politically stable, intellectually vibrant, and culturally tolerant Tajikistan. This is achieved by supporting the establishment of programmes and institutions that allow the government, private sector and civil society to play complementary roles in increasing prosperity and creativity within a pluralistic society.

United Nations Development Program in Tajikistan UNDP’s Country Office in Tajikistan opened in 1994 and is currently in a phase of expansion. After the turbulence and civil war following the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, Tajikistan is now a peaceful and rapidly developing country. UNDP plays a crucial role in supporting the country’s reforms efforts and the development of a national strategy for poverty alleviation.

World Bank’s Page on Tajikistan

World Health Organization in Tajikistan

UNICEF in Tajikistan

USAID in Tajikistan

OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) in Tajikistan

Current News on Tajikistan

New York Times on Tajikistan

Radio Free Liberty on Tajikistan

EurasiaNet News – information and analysis about political, economic, environmental and social developments in the countries of Central Asia and the Caucasus, as well as in Russia, Turkey, and Southwest Asia.

Culture of Tajikistan



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