Tajikistan, which is officially known as the Republic of Tajikistan, is a landlocked country in Central Asia—just north of Afghanistan. The country is home to approximately 8 million residents, despite the fact that mountains cover nearly 90% of the country.
The Tajik language is the primary language of the country and is spoken by around 80% of residents. Those who do not speak Tajik speak a mixed bag of language, including different dialects of Russian.
- The Silk Road, one of the most well-known trade routes in history, passed through Tajikistan on its way from China to Europe.
- Over 90% of the area in Tajikistan is mountainous.
- The country of Tajikistan is 100% landlocked. It has no coastline. In fact, only 2% of the country has any water coverage at all.
- There are remains of Buddhist temples near Kurgan-Tyube in the south, from which the biggest Buddha in Central Asia was recovered and is now stored, ignominiously carved up into 60 pieces, in Dushanbe.
- The legend of the Yeti is very important in Tajikistan. Many have recounted their encounters and sightings of the yeti, or the Abominable Snowman, in the Pamir Mountains.
- Sports are very popular in the country. The national football (soccer) team of Tajikistan competes in FIFA and AFC world football competition. Additionally, three athletes have earned Olympic medals for the country since it became an official country in 1991.