Remarkable for the towering Dushanbe Flagpole in front of its Palace of Nations, Dushanbe is the capital city of Tajikistan–a landlocked country in Western Asia.
One remarkable tourist attraction is the Dushanbe Flagpole which measures 541 feet (165 meters) and flies a national flag weighing 1,540 pounds (700 kilograms).
Tajikistan exported US$744.4 million worth of products around the globe in 2016. Highest-value Tajikistani exports are aluminum, lead, gold, zinc, cotton and copper according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Dushanbe, Tajikistan: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: National Museum of Tajikistan, Noor Art Gallery, Ismaili Centre, National Library of Tajikistan and the Palace of Nations
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Dushanbe, Tajikistan:
- Dilshod Nazarov, Olympic hammer throw gold medalist (born May 6, 1982)
- Khasan Baroyev, Olympic wrestling gold medalist (born Dec. 1, 1982)
- Rustam Sharipov, Olympic gymnastics gold medalist (born Jun. 2, 1971)
- Angelina Grun, Olympic volleyball player (born Dec. 2, 1979)
- Farrukh Amonatov, chess grandmaster (born Apr. 13, 1978)
- Benjamin Yusupov, classical pianist & composer (born Nov. 22, 1962)
- Elena Tatarkova, professional tennis player (born Aug. 22, 1976)
- Margarita Nesterova, Olympic swimmer (born Sep. 20, 1989)
- Rashid Rakhimov, soccer/football coach (born Mar. 18, 1965)
- Anvar Yunusov, Olympic boxer (born Feb. 1, 1987)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Tajikistani resident: Tajik
Population: 679,400 (Dushanbe city)
Density: 14,125 people per square mile (5,454 per square kilometer)
Population: 845,000 (Metropolitan Dushanbe)
Density: 8,711 people per square mile (3,363 per square kilometer)
Population: 54,637 (Tajikistan)
Density: 152 people per square mile (59 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$23.31 billion in 2015 (for Tajikistan, per the CIA World Factbook)
GDP per person: $2,700
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Dushanbe were unavailable.
Official currency used in Dushanbe: Tajikistani somoni
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on January 9, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on January 9, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on January 9, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on January 9, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, City of Dushanbe. Accessed on January 9, 2017
The World Factbook, Central Asia: Tajikistan, Central Intelligence Agency. Accessed on January 9, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on January 9, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Dushanbe. Accessed on January 9, 2017
Wikipedia, Dushanbe Flagpole. Accessed on January 9, 2017
Wikipedia, Tajikistan. Accessed on January 9, 2017
World Population Review, Population of Cities in Tajikistan (2016). Accessed on January 9, 2017
Dushanbe city limits contain a land area amounting to 48.1 square miles (124.6 square kilometers). Dushanbe’s estimated population was 679,400 residents in 2016.
Adding in the capital city’s immediate neighboring areas, metropolitan Dushanbe occupies 97 square miles (251 square kilometers) and serves as home to 845,000 people during 2015.
Tajikistan’s national borders provide a land perimeter that contains 54,637 square miles (141,510 square kilometers) and within which there were approximately 8.3 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is higher within Tajikistan’s capital city with an average 14,100 residents per square mile (5,500 per square kilometer). Density diminishes to an average 8,700 people per square mile (3,400 per square kilometer) throughout Dushanbe’s metropolitan area.
Expanding the scope of the calculation to encompass Tajikistan’s national borders, population density shrinks dramatically to 152 Tajiks per square mile (59 per square kilometer).
Residents celebrate Independence Day (also called National Day) each September 9, following Tajikistan’s breaking free from the Soviet Union on September 9, 1991.