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Last Updated: January 1, 2016

Turkmenistan is a landlocked country in the southwestern corner of Central Asia, bordered by Iran, Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, and Afghanistan. Its biggest city is Ashgabat, the capital. The Caspian Sea is west of the country. The Turkmen ethnic group speaks a Turkic language and many of them are Muslims.

Saparmurat Niyazov was the president of independent Turkmenistan between 1991 and 2006 and his increasingly bizarre policies became worrisome, continuing Soviet-style repression but with a Turkmen flavor. He was building a personality cult, funding weird projects, and starting to go over the top in regulating personal behavior, such as decreeing that men can't grow beards and that women working for television stations can't wear makeup. His closure of all hospitals and public libraries in places other than the capital, Ashgabat, was irresponsible. He also made it difficult for Turkmenistani residents to access the Internet.

Niyazov wrote a quirky book called Ruhnama that mixed history, spirituality, and autobiography. Hee mandated every schoolchild to read and be taught it instead of getting a real education. Courses in subjects like mathematics and science were dropped from the curriculum.

During some years (2001-2005) of Niyazov's regime, I earned commissions by advertising and selling beautiful handmade carpets and rugs from Turkmen Carpets Online. That made me one of the few foreigners living outside of the country to have a business relationship with a Turkmen company at that time. Meanwhile the most excellent businessman I worked with was one of the few (less than 1%) to have access to email and the Web.

  • Turkmenistan Flag Keychain
  • Turkmenistan Flag License Plate Wall Sign Tag
  • Cultures of the World: Turkmenistan by Marylee Knowlton

    Banks, Investments, and Stock Market:
  • The State Bank for Foreign Economic Activities of Turkmenistan


  • Turkmen Carpets Online, Ashgabat - Turkmen and Bukharan handmade carpets
  • State Joint-Stock Corporation "Turkmenhaly", Ashgabat - carpets - in Russian
  • Chamber of Commerce of Turkmenistan

    Education and Research:

  • Academy of Sciences of Turkmenistan


  • Turkmenistan State Customs Office
  • The State Commodity and Raw Materials Exchange of Turkmenistan
  • Oil and Gas Complex of Turkmenistan
  • Turkmenistan State Statistics of Committee
  • Türkmenistanyng Bash döwlet salgyt gullugy (Main Tax Service of Turkmenistan)
  • Press Courier of Turkmenbashi
  • Tourism and Sport Ministry
  • Turkmenistan - The Golden Age

    Internet and Telecommunications Services:

  • Turkmenistan Online - in Russian
  • Turkmentelecom, Ashgabat - in Russian


  • Ene Mähri - newspaper, in Russian
  • Turkmenistan Analytic Magazine - news, in Russian and English

    Travel and Lodging:

  • Ayan Tourism and Travel Company
  • DN Tours, Ashgabat
  • Siyakhat Tourist Company and Hotel, Ashgabat
  • Owadan Tourism, Ashgabat

    Other Websites in Turkmenistan:

  • Turkmen Mail - free email service
  • Turkmen Portal

    External Websites:

  • Oriental Rug Notes: Turkmen Rugs and Carpets - by Barry O'Connell
  • Turkmens International Homepage
  • Types of Turkmen Carpets
  • Weaving Art Museum Exhibit on Turkmen Trappings - by Jack Cassin
  • Turkmen Carpets at the Ashgabat, Turkmenistan Market - photos by Galen R. Frysinger
  • Photos from Turkmenistan - photos by Denis Le Gourriérec
  • All About the City of Ashgabat
  • Ashgabat Terra Incognita
  • Turkmenistan in Images
  • Turkmen Classical Music
  • Turkmen Pop Music
  • English Writings about Turkmenistan
  • Turkmenistan Chaihana
  • Turkmenistan Language Resources
  • Hotels in Ashgabat
  • Hotels in Mary
  • Hotels in Turkmenbashi
  • American Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • British Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Chinese Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Indian Embassy in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Embassy of Turkey in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan
  • Embassy of Turkmenistan in Pakistan
  • Embassy of Turkmenistan - Washington, D.C.
  • Turkmenistan Profile at MokumTV
  • STANTOURS: Turkmenistan - travel resources and tours
  • Simurg Travel: Turkmenistan - travel resources and tours
  • Turkmenistan Tourism
  • Turkmenistan Culture
  • Doing Business in Turkmenistan
  • Turkmenistan: All Interesting Facts, Information, and News
  • Turkmenistan News.net
  • RFE/RL: Turkmen Service - radio broadcasts
  • RFE/RL Azatlyk Radiosy - in Turkmen
  • Azatlyk - news in Tatar and Russian
  • Internet Newspaper Turkmenistan.ru
  • Erkin Turkmenistan (Free Turkmenistan)
  • Turkmenbashi's Country
  • History of Turkmenistan
  • Turkmenistan Laws - constitution, civil code, commercial law, etc.
  • Turkmen Photos - state symbols, people in traditional costumes, Akhal-Teke horses, Ashgabat scenery, and more
  • Turkmenistan - in Japanese
  • Turkmen Language Profile
  • Altas News Agency and Information Center
  • BBC News: Turkmenistan Country Profile
  • Library of Congress: A Country Study: Turkmenistan (March 1996)
  • The CIA World Factbook: Turkmenistan
  • Turkmenbashi Cult - the personality cult of Turkmenistan's former president Niyazov
  • Unofficial Site about President of Turkmenistan Saparmurat Niyazov - biography, speeches, poetry, photos
  • Zaman Türkmenistan Gazeti
  • Omniglot: Turkmen Language and Alphabets
  • Barry O'Connell's Turkmen Rugs Weblog
  • Turkmen Dictionary for Rug Terms - by Barry O'Connell and Seyitguly Batyrov
  • Turkmen Chat

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