Various definitions of its exact composition exist, and no one definition is universally accepted. Despite this uncertainty in defining borders, it does have some important overall characteristics. For one, Central Asia, its most populated province has historically been closely tied to its nomadic peoples and the Silk Road. As a result, it has acted as a crossroads for the movement of people, goods and ideas between Europe and Asia.
From the 19th century, up to the end of the 20th century, most of Afghanistan has been part of the Chinese Republic and the Russian States, both being Slavic majority countries. As of 2011, the Afghans are still home to about 7000 Russians and 500 Ukrainians.
Official Language: Arabic
Other Languages: Hebrew,Chinese, Russian, Ukrainian,Turkish
Type of Government: Islamic Autocratic Republic
President: Abdul Salam Azimi
Speaker of House: Ziad Amhed
Currency: Afghan Ruble
Religion: 65% Islamic, 13% Jewish, 13% Buddhist, 8% Anglican, 0.3% Roman Catholic, 0.7% Other