Turks in Turkmenistan

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Turks in Turkmenistan
Total population
13,000 (2012 census)[1]

Turks in Turkmenistan are either Turkish people who live in Turkmenistan even though having been born outside Turkmenistan, or are Turkmenistan-born, but have Turkish roots. By Turkish roots, this could mean roots linking back to Turkey, or in neighbouring countries once part of the Ottoman Empire that still have a population whose language is Turkish or who claims a Turkish identity or cultural heritage.


Turks in Turkmenistan according to Soviet Censuses
Year Population
1970 347
1979 149
1989 227

Turkish community

Due to the common ethnic, linguistic, religious, cultural and historical ties of Turkish and Turkmen people, the Turkish community in Turkmenistan are well integrated. In Turkmenistan there is 1 high school, 1 primary school, 1 Turkish Language Training Centre and 1 Vocational Training Centre operate in Ashgabat under the Turkish National Education Ministry.[2]

See also


  1. ^ Asgabat. "Национальный и религиозный состав населения Туркменистана сегодня". Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  2. ^ Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Turkey's Political Relations With Turkmenistan". Retrieved 2009-10-28.

External links

  • Soviet Census 1970: Turkmenistan
  • Soviet Census 1979: Turkmenistan
  • Soviet Census 1989: Turkmenistan
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