Have you ever heard about Turkmenistan? It’s one of the least visited countries in the world. However, it’s a country with a rich history, and definitely a must-visit place. Are you planning to be one of the very few visitors? Check out our articles about Turkmenistan to get some helpful tips before you visit.
Basic Information About Turkmenistan
Turkmenistan is home to 5 million people. Around 75% of the total population consists of ethnic Turkmen. The main minority ethnic groups are Uzbek, Russian and Kazakh.
The official language is Turkmen.
Turkmenistan’s official currency is the Turkmen new manat (currency code TMT). One Euro/USD is equal to roughly 3.8-3.5 TMT
With a territory of 491,210 square kilometers, Turkmenistan is the 52nd largest country in world. Turkmenistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia, it borders with the Caspian Sea to the west, Iran and Afghanistan to the south, Uzbekistan to the north-east, and Kazakhstan to the north-west.
Turkmenistan has an arid desert with subtropical temperature with four different seasons.
Economy & Budget
Turkmenistan is an upper-middle income country and one of the fastest-growing economies in the world. Backpackers can survive with around $100 per day, while mid-range travelers spend between $150 and $200 per day on average. (The prices are quite high because traveling with a guide is mandatory and traveling independently is not allowed)
Ashgabat is the capital city of Turkmenistan with a total population of 1 million.