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Author(s): Thomas M. Krapf
Afghanistan is among the most impoverished countries in the world, on which methodologically sound statistical data are lacking. Hence conservative estimations have to serve as the basis of most of the figures cited in this entry. I. Social Facts The approximately 31 million population of the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan (IRAfg) is multi-ethnic: 42% Pashtun, 27% Tajik, 9% Hazara, 9% Uzbek, 4% Aimak, 3% Turkmen, 2% Baloch, and 4% other. Approximately 99% of the total population is Muslim. With a national growth rate of more than 3.…