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some interesting Facts about tajikistan


 Tajikistan is a mountainous landlocked sovereign country in Central Asia.  



Statistics for tajikistan


8,000,000 (2013 est.)


 Life expectancy at birth:


total population: 67.06 years
male: 63.96 years
female: 70.32 years (2014 est.)

Total fertility rate:


2.76 children born/woman (2014 est.)


Sunni Muslim 85%

Shia Muslim 5%

other 10% (2003 est.)


Ethnic Groups

Tajik 79.9%

Uzbek 15.3%

Russian 1.1%

Kyrgyz 1.1%

other 2.6% (2000 census)
note: estimates of Uzbek proportion can range as high as 25% depending on how mixed Tajik-Uzbek families (largely in border areas) are counted 


GDP - per capita (PPP):


$2,300 (2013 est.) 


definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 99.7%
male: 99.8%
female: 99.6% (2011 est.)


School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education)



total: 11 years
male: 12 years
female: 10 years (2011) 





  • The official name of the country is Ҷумҳурии Тоҷикистон (Jumhuriyi Tojikiston), translated as the Republic of Tajikistan.
  • Tajikistan is a very mountainous country located in Central Asia. It is the 96th largest country in the world in terms of area.
  • Government. Tajikistan is officially a republic, and holds elections for the Presidency and Parliament. It is, however, a Dominant-party system, where the People's Democratic Party of Tajikistan routinely has a vast majority in Parliament.
  • History. Tajiks are one of the most ancient peoples in the world. Archaeologists have dated settlements in the area to 15,000 to 20,000 years ago. Tajikistan was home of Sarazm of the Neolithic and the Bronze Age.  Prehistoric rock drawings have been found in more than fifty places in Tajikistan, many of which are in the Pamir mountain area.
  • Geography.  Tajikistan is bordered by Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the west, Kyrgyzstan to the north, and China to the east. Pakistan lies to the south separated by the narrow wakhan corridor.

  • Food.  Traditional Tajik meals begin with halwa and tea, then soups and meat, and finishing with plov (a rice pilaf). The national dish is kabuli pulao, a rice dish with shredded yellow turnip or carrot, meat, and olive oil or drippings.  Meals are ceremonies and food is treated with great respect. Bread is considered sacred. It must not be dropped on the floor and must be broken carefully, not cut with a knife.
  • Etymology.    Tajikistan means the "Land of the Tajiks". Stan is Persian for "place of" or "country".  Tajik is probably the name of a pre-Islamic tribe, perhaps of Zoroastrian origin, and means "crown" or "royalty."
  • Language.  The Tajik language (also called Galcha) is very similar to Persian, spoken in Iran, and to Dari, spoken in Afghanistan.  Isolated areas of the country have developed regional dialects and have only a rudimentary understanding of the official language. In the Pamiri mountain regions, various languages have kept many characteristics of ancient Iranian. Russian is preferred in government and business transactions, and Uzbeki is used widely in the Khujand region.
  • Economy.  Tajikistan is Central Asia's poorest country. The economy  has not recovered from the civil war, and poverty is widespread.  This poverty may be a contributing factor towards  interest in radical Islam among young Tajiks.
  • The Flag.  The flag has a horizontal red stripe on top, a wider white stripe with a gold crown surmounted by seven stars in the middle, and a green stripe at the bottom. Those colors represent sunshine and health, chastity, the journey on the right path of life, peace and stability, agriculture, the mountains, and the spring. The crown shows a royal house, and the stars represent friendship between nationalities, class, unity, and Islam.  
  • Customs. The Tajiks have preserved many of the ancient traditions and customs of their ancestors. Hospitality is important. Elders are given the place of honor. Men may not enter a home where there are only women, a girl must never be left alone with a boy, men and women often are uysually separated at karge gatherings. One must stand when another guest enters. When greeting another person left hand is placed over the heart while shaking hands with the right hand and bowing slightly. Bartering is expected in the marketplace.

  • Mountains. Tajikistan is a rugged country of mountains, bordered to the north and south by lush valleys. The Fann mountains are known as the "Gem of Pamirs" because of the many emerald green and turquoise lakes, surrounded by evergreen juniper grooves and snow capped peaks. There are more than 30 pure and variegated lakes of different size and shape.
  • Dushanbe.  Tajikistan’s capital is Dushanbe, in the western part of the country. The name means Monday, from the time when it used to hold market on Mondays. Things to visit in the city include the Ismaili Centre, Rudaki Park, and the National Museum of Tajikistan
  • Pamir Highway.  One can Hire a driver to see this amazingly scenic panorama of mountains, hot springs and villages.  It is rough driving and the high altitude can affect the unwary.













The Department of State does not maintain detailed files on the adoption process in Tajikistan because adoptions from Tajikistan are rare.






1999-2013 Adoptions: 13 children adopted. 


Hague Accredited: expected 31 October 2015



We strongly urge you to comply with the requirements established by the government of the country you are adopting from and complete all post-adoption requirements in a timely manner.  Your adoption agency may be able to help you with this process and/or provide you with more specific guidelines.  


If your agency is unable to help you with this, or no longer has an active program, it is suggested that you enlist the assistance of another agency that is able to help you complete the post-placement reports.  If all else fails, filing the report directly with the embassy or Minister of Education of the country adopted from may be acceptable.


In Fall 2006, the following advice was obtained by Karen's Adopiton Links for all families who needed to file their own Post Placement Reports:

  1. Use a Licensed Social Worker to do the Post Placement Report 
  2. Translate report with a Certified Translator. 
  3. Get the Post Placement Report apostilled.
  4. Include 5 pictures
  5. Suggested Sample form 
  6. Send directly by DHL or FedEx to the Minister of Education in the country or region of adoption. 

click here for more Information on Post-Placement Reports in general 









Helpful Links


Resources below are presented for information purposes only. Unless noted specifically as a FRUA INC group, FRUA INC does not endorse, nor have any connection with the following.




Adopting from Tajikistan (wiki)

Adoption Agencies and Information for Tajikistan

The Harsh Realities of Adopting in Tajikistan

Tajikistan Adoptions (U.S. Department of State)

Tajikistan (Wikipedia)

Tajikistan (CIA Factbook)

Tajikistan (Info Please)  

FRUA INC Facebook Page




Karen's Adoption Links


InterCountry Adoption Service Provider Search


International Adoptive Medical Clinics & Physicians


Child Welfare Gateway


North American Council on Adoptable Children


Hague Accreditation and Approval


Post Adoption (US Department of State)


Intercountry Adoption (US Department of State)


PEAR (Parents for Ethical Adoption Reform)




 There may also be other online parent support groups, lists and forums related to adoption from this country on Yahoo GroupsFacebook, the EEACAdoptive FamilesAdoption Services Support Groups, and Adoption.com







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