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Here are some interesting facts about Turkmenistan - Category: Introduction - Background: Eastern Turkmenistan for centuries formed part of the Persian province of Khurasan; in medieval times Merv (today known as Mary) was one of the great cities of the Islamic world and an important stop on the Silk Road. Annexed by Russia between 1865 and 1885, Turkmenistan became a Soviet republic in 1924. It achieved independence upon the dissolution of the USSR in 1991. Extensive hydrocarbon/natural gas reserves could prove a boon to this underdeveloped country if extraction and delivery projects were to be expanded. The Turkmenistan Government is actively seeking to develop alternative petroleum transportation routes to break Russia's pipeline monopoly. President for Life Saparmurat NYYAZOW died in December 2006, and Turkmenistan held its first multi-candidate presidential electoral process in February 2007. Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW, a vice premier under NYYAZOW, emerged as the country's new president.

Category: Government - Independence: 27 October 1991 (from Soviet Union)

Category: People - Religions (%): Muslim 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%

Category: Economy - Natural gas - proved reserves (cu m): 2.832 trillion cu m (1 January 2008 estimate)

Category: Geography - Maritime claims: none (landlocked)

Category: Transportation - Ports and terminals: Turkmenbasy

Category: Communications - Internet country code: .tm

Category: Military - Military expenditures (% of GDP): 3.4% of GDP (2005 estimate)

Category: Transnational Issues - Illicit drugs: transit country for Afghan narcotics bound for Russian and Western European markets; transit point for heroin precursor chemicals bound for Afghanistan

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  1. People - HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate (%): less than 0.1% (2004 estimate)

  2. Economy - Oil - exports (bbl/day): 40,000 bbl/day (2007 estimate)

  3. Transportation - Airports: 28 (2007)

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Source: CIA - The World Factbook https://www.cia.gov/library/publications/the-world-factbook/fields/2028.html