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Afghanistan Travel Guide

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Quick Facts
Capital Kabul
Government Islamic republic
Currency Afghani (AFA)
Area 647,500 km2
Population 31,889,923 (July 2007 est.)
Language Afghan Persian (Dari) 50%, Pashto 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism
Religion Sunni Muslim 80%, Shi'a Muslim 19%, other 1%
Electricity 220V/50Hz +/-50%
Calling Code +93
Internet TLD .af
Time Zone UTC+4.5
Travel Warning

WARNING: Traveling in Afghanistan is extremely dangerous. The current Afghan government has little control over large parts of the country; in particular, most of the South and East is effectively a war zone. Threats are unpredictable and the situation can change very quickly.

Trips should be meticulously planned and travelers should keep abreast of the latest security situation throughout their stay. If, despite the risks, you still find yourself heading there, see War zone safety and the "Stay safe" section below.

Afghanistan is a landlocked country in the heart of Asia, bordered by Pakistan to the south and east, Iran to the west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan to the north. There is a short border with China to the far northeast, but in extremely inaccessible terrain.

Afghanistan has been the center of many powerful empires for the past 2,000 years. However, in the last 30 years the country has been in chaos due to major wars -- from the Soviet invasion of 1979 to their withdrawal in 1989 and from warlordism to the removal of the Taliban in 2001 and the ensuing American and NATO invasion. Economically, Afghanistan is considered poor compared to many other nations of the world. The country is currently going through a nation-wide rebuilding process so that it can once again become a sovereign and peaceful place as it was before 1979.


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