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Google maps, detailed facts of Afghanistan, (ISO: AF) and the capital city, Kabul. This page enables you to explore Afghanistan and its land boundaries in total: 5,987 km. You may also view the border countries of Afghanistan (total: 6, China 91 km, Iran 921 km, Pakistan 2,670 km, Tajikistan 1,357 km, Turkmenistan 804 km, Uzbekistan 144 km with its area of total: 652,230 sq km; land: 652,230 sq km, water: 0 sq km through detailed Satellite imagery – fast and easy as never before – with Google maps.

Find comprehensive geographical, economical, environmental, governmental, cultural, scientific, historical and demographical related information below, on the wiki page of Afghanistan.

In case if you are traveling by car, there is also Street View and free Driving Directions by Google at your service.

Your virtual Sightseeing in Afghanistan, Asia starts here on this map & Wiki page.


Afghanistan Google maps & facts

This virtual map shows Afghanistan, located in Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan, east of Iran with its cities, towns, highways, main roads, streets, Street Views and terrain maps regularly updated by Google.



You are viewing Afghanistan and its location (Asia), at the geographic coordinates of 33 00 N, 65 00 E, inland counties boundaries and international borders.

Hint: Have a look at the Street view in Afghanistan, AF. All you have to do is to drag and pull the little yellow man (Pegman) on the Google map above the desired location in Afghanistan. After that whenever it is available (currently more than 50 countries provided by Google around the word), blue stripes will appear to show the photos and details from Google’s regularly updated data image base.

The map of Afghanistan, Asia is free, but for informational use only. No representation made or warranty given as to any map or its content by Search Driving Directions.com. User assumes all risk of use of this Afghanistan Google map and fast facts/wiki page.

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Geographical facts about Afghanistan including Kabul, the capital city of Afghanistan

Name of the country: Afghanistan Capital city: Kabul
Geographical coordinates of Afghanistan: 33 00 N, 65 00 E Geographical coordinates of Kabul: 34 31 N 69 11 E
Location of Afghanistan: Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan, east of Iran Continent / area: Asia
The area of Afghanistan: total: 652,230 sq km; land: 652,230 sq km, water: 0 sq km Area comparative of Afghanistan: almost six times the size of Virginia; slightly smaller than Texas
The elevation data of Afghanistan: mean elevation: 1,884 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: Amu Darya 258 m, highest point: Noshak 7,485 m The climate of Afghanistan: arid to semiarid: cold winters and hot summers
Land use of Afghanistan: agricultural land: 58.1%; arable land 11.9%; permanent crops 0.2%; permanent pasture 46%; forest: 2.1%; other: 39.8% (2011 estimate) Irrigated land: 32,080 sq km (2012)
Geographical notes of Afghanistan: landlocked country; the Hindu Kush mountains that run northeast to southwest divide the northern provinces from the rest of the country; the highest peaks are in the northern Vakhan (Wakhan Corridor) The terrain of Afghanistan: mostly rugged mountains; plains in north and southwest
Land boundaries of Afghanistan: total: 5,987 km Borders countries of Afghanistan: China 91 km, Iran 921 km, Pakistan 2,670 km, Tajikistan 1,357 km, Turkmenistan 804 km, Uzbekistan 144 km
Maritime claims of Afghanistan: none – (landlocked country)

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Fast facts about Afghanistan

Are you traveling to Afghanistan? When you are on the way to explore foreign countries in Asia, it is always good to be aware of the nature of that specific nation and the surroundings, in this case: Southern Asia, north and west of Pakistan, east of Iran.

Did you know that the legal system of Afghanistan is mixed legal system of civil, customary, and Islamic law?

When you are traveling around or looking for accommodation in Afghanistan, you would better know, that (there are in total lengths of roadways total: 42,150 km, paved: 12,350 km, unpaved: 29,800 km (2006)) and the most crowded areas in this country are: KABUL (capital) 4.635 million (2015). The urbanization rate in this country looks like the following: urban population: 26.7% of total population (2015).

The total number of population in Afghanistan: 33,332,025 (July 2016 estimate) with a population growth rate of 2.34% (2016 estimate) and the most widely spoken language(s) are Afghan Persian or Dari (official language language) 50%, Pashto (official language language) 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism, but Dari functions as the lingua franca. Note: the Turkic languages Uzbek and Turkmen, as well as Balochi, Pashai, Nuristani, and Pamiri are the third official language language languages in areas where the majority speaks them. In these days, Afghanistan has to face with a net migration rate of -1.2 migrant(s) / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).

You may find the following ethnic groups in Afghanistan nowadays; Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, other (includes smaller numbers of Baloch, Turkmen, Nuristani, Pamiri, Arab, Gujar, Brahui, Qizilbash, Aimaq, Pashai, and Kyrghyz). Note: current statistical data on the sensitive subject of ethnicity in Afghanistan is not available, and ethnicity data from small samples of respondents to opinion polls are not a reliable alternative; Afghanistan’s 2004 constitution recognizes 14 ethnic groups: Pashtun, Tajik, Hazara, Uzbek, Baloch, Turkmen, Nuristani, Pamiri, Arab, Gujar, Brahui, Qizilbash, Aimaq, and Pashai (2015).

The right to vote in Afghanistan can be exercised by the population from the age of 18 years of age, universal and he following ways can earn the citizenship; citizenship by birth: no. Citizenship by descent only: at least one parent must have been born in – and continuously lived in – Afghanistan. Dual citizenship recognized: no. Residency requirement for naturalization: 5 years.

In case if you plan to visit Afghanistan for shopping, or for business porpuses, it is good to know that the national holidays in Afghanistan are: Independence Day, 19 August (1919).

Whether you are traveling for business or please, never forget that sometimes there are several risks/hazards on your way; In the case of Afghanistan, these are the most likely dangers you might face: damaging earthquakes occur in Hindu Kush mountains; flooding; droughts. What do you think? Are you prepared enough to visit Kabul and / or Afghanistan?

Living with the given conditions, affected by all the civilization and natural harms in Afghanistan, the population has to face with a death rate of 13.7 deaths / 1,000 population (2016 estimate).

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Travel references about Afghanistan

To make your travel experience better, you may do it better to understand at least one of the most widely spoken languages in Afghanistan. Here they are: Afghan Persian or Dari (official language language) 50%, Pashto (official language language) 35%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism, but Dari functions as the lingua franca. Note: the Turkic languages Uzbek and Turkmen, as well as Balochi, Pashai, Nuristani, and Pamiri are the third official language language languages in areas where the majority speaks them.

For your local internet searches, use the following TLD: .af

Do not be surprised, when visiting this country, its climate typically is like this; arid to semiarid: cold winters and hot summers.

Its capital city is Kabul, where the local time zone is UTC+4.5, which is 9.5 hours ahead of Washington DC during Standard Time. Note to the timezone in Kabul: N/A.

For nature lovers, we do note the following elevation data regarding Afghanistan; mean elevation: 1,884 m, elevation extremes; lowest point: Amu Darya 258 m, highest point: Noshak 7,485 m. The lengths of its total coastline are: 0 km (landlocked country) and the length of the land boundaries is total: 5,987 km.

Current environmental issues in Afghanistan; limited natural freshwater resources; inadequate supplies of potable water; soil degradation; overgrazing; deforestation (much of the remaining forests are being cut down for fuel and building materials); desertification; air and water pollution.

And again – in case if you missed it-, those natural hazards, that are threatening your journey: damaging earthquakes occur in Hindu Kush mountains; flooding; droughts.

For your traveling options, there are 43 (2016) airports and 9 (2013) heliports in Afghanistan all together with 1,200 km; (chiefly Amu Darya, which handles vessels up to 500 DWT) (2011) waterways, and roadways in total: total: 42,150 km, paved: 12,350 km, unpaved: 29,800 km (2006).

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Background of Afghanistan

Like every nation, Afghanistan also has its historical background, and it has shaped its social, cultural, political and geographical characteristics; Ahmad Shah DURRANI unified the Pashtun tribes and founded Afghanistan in 1747. The country served as a buffer between the British and Russian Empires until it won independence from notional British control in 1919. A brief experiment in democracy ended in a 1973 coup and a 1978 communist countercoup. The Soviet Union invaded in 1979 to support the tottering Afghan communist regime, touching off a long and destructive war. The USSR withdrew in 1989 under relentless pressure by internationally supported anti-communist mujahidin rebels. A series of subsequent civil wars saw Kabul finally fall in 1996 to the Taliban, a hardline Pakistani-sponsored movement that emerged in 1994 to end the country’s civil war and anarchy. Following the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, a US, Allied, and anti-Taliban Northern Alliance military action toppled the Taliban for sheltering Usama BIN LADIN.A UN-sponsored Bonn Conference in 2001 established a process for political reconstruction that included the adoption of a new constitution, a presidential election in 2004, and National Assembly elections in 2005. In December 2004, Hamid KARZAI became the first democratically elected president of Afghanistan, and the National Assembly was inaugurated the following December. KARZAI was reelected in August 2009 for a second term. The 2014 presidential election was the country’s first to include a runoff, which featured the top two vote-getters from the first round, Abdullah ABDULLAH and Ashraf GHANI. Throughout the summer of 2014, their campaigns disputed the results and traded accusations of fraud, leading to a US-led diplomatic intervention that included a full vote audit as well as political negotiations between the two camps. In September 2014, GHANI and ABDULLAH agreed to form the Government of National Unity, with GHANI inaugurated as president and ABDULLAH elevated to the newly-created position of chief executive officer. The day after the inauguration, the GHANI administration signed the US-Afghan Bilateral Security Agreement and NATO Status of Forces Agreement, which provide the legal basis for the post-2014 international military presence in Afghanistan.Despite gains toward building a stable central government, the Taliban remains a serious challenge for the Afghan Government in almost every province. The Taliban still considers itself the rightful government of Afghanistan, and it remains a capable and confident insurgent force despite its last two spiritual leaders being killed; it continues to declare that it will pursue a peace deal with Kabul only after foreign military forces depart. Source: CIA, The World Factbook.

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