Central Asia Tajikistan today By Lioudmila Clot Culture Lifestyle Environment ... Print comment Open popup to share Share: share on twitter share on facebook send by e-mail more... See in other languages: 9 See in other languages: 9 Languages: 9 (ar) طاجيكستان اليوم (de) Tadschikistan heute (es) Tayikistán, hoy (fr) Le Tadjikistan d'aujourd'hui (it) Tagikistan oggi (ja) タジキスタン、今日の姿 (pt) O Tadjiquistão atual (ru) Современный Таджикистан (zh) 今天的塔吉克斯坦 Tajikistan's border with Afghanistan follows the Panj River for hundreds of kilometres. For the Tajiks this border region is associated with the presence of smugglers and Taliban on the opposite side of the river A mosque in Khujand, one of the oldest cities in central Asia that dates back about 2,500 years. The city was named 'Alexandria the furthest' as the troops of Alexander the Great were unable to advance beyond the city Around one million Tajiks out of a population of eight million work abroad, especially in Russia. Money sent back home represents about 48% of Gross Domestic Product (GDP) A tank from the Russia's 201 military base (6,000 soldiers) near the border with Afghanistan. It represents Russia's largest foreign military base. According to an agreement between the two countries, the base will remain in Tajikistan until at least 2042 in order to maintain regional stability Dushanbe residents in traditional costume admire the musical fountain in front of the opera Kouliabé, in the south of the country, is an important cattle-raising centre A second-hand car market at Kouliabé A bus in the capital Dushanbe. In summer temperatures can rise to around 40 degrees Celsius When you follow the Pamir road (M-41), you can see Afghan villages on the opposite bank. The population used to form one nation before being divided in the 19th century when the Russian and British empires fought over central Asia One-third of the population lives below the poverty level, especially farmers. Most fields are cultivated by hand as few industrial farm machines are available Children play in the Syr Darya River in Soghd province The Nourek Dam: a huge artificial lake has been built on the Vakhsh River to help irrigate local fields A Pamir mountain goat, a symbol of the mountains and freedom, dominates the entrance to Khorog, a city of 30,000 people located at 2,200m This content was published on September 25, 2015 11:00 AMSep 25, 2015 - 11:00 Come with us on a journey through Tajikistan, a country boasting a diverse natural habitat and incredible mix of traditional and modern.(Photos and text: Lioudmila Clot) Neuer Inhalt Horizontal Line subscription form Form for signing up for free newsletter. Sign up for our free newsletter and get the top stories delivered to your inbox. Email address swissinfo EN The following content is sourced from external partners. We cannot guarantee that it is suitable for the visually or hearing impaired. swissinfo.ch Join us on Facebook!