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Turkmenistan



Location: Central Asia, bordering the Caspian Sea, between Iran and Kazakhstan

Area: 488,100 sq km

Climate: subtropical desert

Terrain: flat-to-rolling sandy desert with dunes rising to mountains in the south; low mountains along border with Iran; borders Caspian Sea in west

Population: 4,366,383 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Muslim 89%, Eastern Orthodox 9%, unknown 2%

Languages: Turkmen 72%, Russian 12%, Uzbek 9%, other 7%

Capital: Ashgabat



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