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Facts & Figures

  • President: Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov (2007)

    Total area: 188,455 sq mi (488,100 sq km)

    Population (2014 est.): 5,171,943 (growth rate: 1.14%); birth rate: 19.46/1000; infant mortality rate: 38.13/1000; life expectancy: 69.47; density per sq mi: 27.1

    Capital and largest city (2012 est.): Ashgabat, 727,700

    Other large cities: Turkmenabat, 234,817; Dasoguz 166,500

    Monetary unit: Manat

    Current government officials

    Languages: Turkmen (official) 72%; Russian 12%; Uzbek 9%, other 7%

    Ethnicity/race: Turkmen 85%, Uzbek 5%, Russian 4%, other 6% (2003)

    Religions: Islam 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%

    Literacy rate: 99.6% (2011 est.)

    Economic summary: GDP/PPP (2013 est.): $55.16 billion; per capita $9,700. Real growth rate: 12.2% (2013 est.). Inflation: 9%. Unemployment: 60% (2004 est.). Arable land: 3.89%. Agriculture: cotton, grain, melons; livestock. Labor force: 2.3 million (2008 est.); agriculture 48.2%, industry 14%, services 37.8% (2004 est.). Industries: natural gas, oil, petroleum products, textiles, food processing. Natural resources: petroleum, natural gas, sulfur, salt. Exports: $17.13 billion (2013 est.): gas, crude oil, petrochemicals, cotton fiber, textiles. Imports: $12.48 billion (2013 est.): machinery and equipment, chemicals, foodstuffs. Major trading partners: China, Turkey, Italy, Russia, UAE, UK, Ukraine, Germany (2012).

    Communications: Telephones: main lines in use: 575,000 (2012); mobile cellular: 3.953 million (2012). Radio broadcast stations: broadcast media is government controlled and censored; 7 state-owned TV and 4 state-owned radio networks; satellite dishes and programming provide an alternative to the state-run media; officials sometimes limit access to satellite TV by removing satellite dishes (2007). Radios: 1.225 million (1997). Television broadcast stations: 3 (much programming relayed from Russia and Turkey) (1997). Televisions: 820,000 (1997). Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 714 (2012) Internet users: 80,400 (2009).

    Transportation: Railways: total: 2,980 km (2008). Highways: total: 58,592 km; paved: 47,577 km; unpaved: 11,015 km (2002 est.). Waterways: 1,300 km (Amu Darya and Kara Kum canal are important inland waterways) (2011). Ports and harbors: Turkmenbasy Airports: 26 (2013).

    International disputes: Cotton monoculture in Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan creates water-sharing difficulties for Amu Darya river states; field demarcation of the boundaries with Kazakhstan commenced in 2005, but Caspian seabed delimitation remains stalled with Azerbaijan, Iran, and Kazakhstan due to Turkmenistan's indecision over how to allocate the sea's waters and seabed; bilateral talks continue with Azerbaijan on dividing the seabed and contested oilfields in the middle of the Caspian.

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