Official nameIslamic Republic of Afghanistan
Name in local languageد أفغانستان اسلامي جمهوریت (ps) ; جمهوری اسلامی افغانستان (prs)
SubcontinentCentral Asia
Population (ranking: 40e)35,837,201 inhabitants (2020)
Population growth6.23 % / year
Area652,864 km²
Density54.89 inhabitants / km²
GDP (ranking: 119e)19.363 billions $USD (2018)
GDP/capita (ranking)521 $USD (2018)
GDP growth1.00 % / year (2018)
Life expectancy (ranking)60.37 years (2014)
Birth rate34.22 ‰ (2014)
Fertility rate4.84 children / woman (2014)
Death rate (ranking)8.23 ‰ (2014)
Infant mortality rate (ranking)66.30 ‰ (2015)
Literacy rate38.16 % (2015)
Official languagesDari, Pachto
CurrencyAfghani (AFN)
HDI (ranking: 206e)0.498 / 1 (2017)
EPI (ranking)37.74 (2018)
GovernmentUnitary presidential Islamic republic
Head of StatePresident Ashraf Ghani
National Day19 August (independence of 1919)
DemonymAfghane, Afghan
Tourists (ranking)20,000 people (2016)
Afghanistan – small
The country is recovering slowly and slowly from several decades of wars

Afghanistan is a landlocked Central Asian country bordered by Pakistan, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Iran.
Since the arrival of the democracy established by force by the international community, the country has undertaken its modernization, that is, its reconstruction. It is slow, the financial means are limited, and the promises of funding from major donor countries have not been fully met.
However, mortality has declined significantly, especially infant mortality, which has been halved, and health and social conditions are improving. Access to drinking water has also increased significantly, from 30.3% in 2000 to 55.3% in 2015.
On the other hand, the increase in the population of large cities, with the arrival of peasants fleeing agricultural areas riddled with anti-personnel mines, is slowing down the country’s economic growth, which is largely based on agriculture.

Afghanistan - Kandahar
Afghanistan – Kandahar. Photo: Karla Marshall, Wikipedia
Afghanistan - ratio filles/garçons à l'école primaire et secondaire
Afghanistan – ratio of girls to boys in primary and secondary school
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Urban areas (2017)
Urban areasPopulation
Kabul4,860,880 inhabitants
Hérat491,967 inhabitants
Kandahar448,262 inhabitants
Mazâr-e Charîf415,053 inhabitants
Jalalabad232,901 inhabitants
Kondôz162,168 inhabitants
Khost143,026 inhabitants
Pol-e Khomri110,902 inhabitants
Maimana86,051 inhabitants
Sheberghan83,936 inhabitants
Taluqan75,212 inhabitants
Baghlân71,379 inhabitants
Ghazni61,862 inhabitants
Khulm51,816 inhabitants
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Administrative divisions
Badakhshan982,835 inhabitants44,836 km²
Badghis512,518 inhabitants20,794 km²
Baghlan943,394 inhabitants18,255 km²
Balkh1,382,155 inhabitants16,186 km²
Bamyan462,144 inhabitants18,029 km²
Daykundi475,848 inhabitants17,501 km²
Farah524,657 inhabitants49,339 km²
Faryab1,032,765 inhabitants20,798 km²
Ghazni1,270,192 inhabitants22,461 km²
Ghor713,158 inhabitants36,657 km²
Helmand955,970 inhabitants58,305 km²
Herat1,967,180 inhabitants55,869 km²
Jowzjan559,691 inhabitants11,292 km²
Kabul4,679,648 inhabitants4,524 km²
Kandahar1,279,520 inhabitants54,845 km²
Kapisa455,574 inhabitants1,908 km²
Khost593,691 inhabitants4,235 km²
Kunar465,706 inhabitants4,926 km²
Kunduz1,049,249 inhabitants8,081 km²
Laghman460,352 inhabitants3,978 km²
Logar405,109 inhabitants4,568 km²
Maidan Wardak615,992 inhabitants10,348 km²
Nangarhar1,573,973 inhabitants7,641 km²
Nimruz170,790 inhabitants42,410 km²
Nuristan152,845 inhabitants9,267 km²
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See also