11 Interesting Facts About Afghanistan

The country of Afghanistan, officially known as The Islamic Republic of Afghanistan, has captured news headlines all over the world. But there's so much more to Afghanistan than all the negative things that make the news headlines. Afghanistan shares its borders with Pakistan, China, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Iran, and Uzbekistan, and it's the 37th most populated country in the world. 


So, Here are Some Interesting Facts About Afghanistan.


1. Buzakashi ( Next Olympic Game)

Afghanistan's national game is Buzkashi which literally translates to goat-pulling, and they want this to be an Olympic sport. Good luck with that because it's regarded as the wildest sport game out there. It involves placing the carcass of a goat, a calf, or sheep placed in the center of a circle which is surrounded by players of two teams who are on horseback. The objective of the game is to pick up the carcass and bring it across a goal line or into the winner's circle. The game has been played since the 13th century and used to be played earlier by rich rival warlords. But, it's now being financed by Afghan phone companies as well as private Airlines.


2. Education

Reports also state that only 28.1% of the population above the age of fifteen is literate in Afghanistan, which means 71.9% of adults in the country do not have simple reading and writing abilities. And hopefully that continues to change over the years, because the more educated you are, of course, the more power to you.


3. Afghani not Afghans

Do you know ‘Afghanis’ is the currency, not the people? People there are actually called Afghans.


4. Poetry Night

Poetry is a cherished part of Afghan culture. Afghans have told their stories in verse for more than 1,000 years. Thursday night is "poetry night" in the western city of Herat - men, women and children gather to share ancient and modern verse, listen to traditional Herati music, and enjoy sweet tea and pastries long into the night.



5. Opium Poppy

Afghanistan is the land of Opium. Opium is the largest and fastest growing produce in Afghanistan. Afghanistan Opium poppy production goes into more than 90% of   Heroin worldwide. Afghanistan has been the world's greatest illicit Opium producer, and in 2017, Opium cultivation in Afghanistan reached a record high. The fact that the Opium poppy cultivation continues to expand in Afghanistan is not surprising. I mean, the country's economy has been in a deep slump since 2013 when the United States and NATO radically drew down their troop presence around which much of Afghanistan's economy was built after 2002. Now, the bottom line is that there is simply nothing in Afghanistan that produces more jobs than the Opium poppy economy but now Taliban move to ban Opium Production in Afghanistan.


6. A Different KFC

There are two “KFC” restaurants in Kabul, Afghanistan. But for Afghans, KFC doesn’t mean Kentucky Fried Chicken, it is Kabul Fried Chicken. 

7. Afghans Pashto

Pashto and Dari (Persian) one of the two official languages of Afghanistan, was declared the national language of Afghanistan during the beginning of the reign of Zahir Shah. An estimated 35% of the population of the country speaks Pashto while 50% of the population speaks Dari.




8. Handshake

A handshake is the most usual form of greeting in Afghanistan’s culture. Some people also place their hand on their heart and nod slightly to show respect and approval to the other party. However, shaking hands between the members of the opposite sex is not usual and is avoided. Obviously!!!


9. Poster Boy

Arnold Schwarzenegger is the poster boy in many of the muscle building centers in Afghanistan. They say he (Arnold Schwarzenegger) looks like an Afghan. 🤔


10. First Oil Paintings

World's first oil paintings were not drawn in the Renaissance Europe, contrary to popular belief but, in the Caves of Bamiyan located in the central heartland of Afghanistan around 650 BC. In 2008, scientists discovered oil paintings in 12 out of 50 caves in Bamiyan possibly made with walnut or poppy. Bamiyan was once a thriving Buddhist center where monks lived in a series of caves carved into the cliffs by the two statues. This was a spot where the world's two largest standing Buddha statues once stood until the Taliban destroyed them in 2001. They destroyed everything.


11. Incredible Rugs

Carpet weaving has always been an integral part of the Afghan.Heritage for centuries with ethnic diversity drawn from other cultures like Iran, Pakistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan. The Afghan rugs are an extremely popular Afghanistan export. In 2008, 2013, and 2014, Afghan rugs won international awards which is held every year in Hamburg, Germany. Most Afghan weavers today make rugs that are about the same as those that have been woven for decades. And as a testament to the meticulous nature of this art, it approximately takes six to nine months to weave one large Afghan carpet.


Afghanistan became independent on August 19th of 1919, and they fought three wars with Britain, after which, they declared themselves independent.  
WooHoo! Now interestingly, they were never directly ruled by the British. However, like every other country in South Asia, their foreign affairs were heavily influenced by the United of. The Soviets also tried to invade Afghanistan but they were forced out. Hopefully Afghanistan  get out this crisis they face right now.


I Hope You Will Enjoy it.

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