Turkmenistan

Country Profile

Turkmenistan

About Turkmenistan

DESIGNATION: Restricted

BACKGROUND: Turkmenistan, a former Soviet republic, has prospered economically because of its natural gas reserves and access to the Caspian Sea. Due to a long history of dictatorship, Turkmenistan remains closed and isolated. School children swear an oath of allegiance to the government every morning.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: Most Turkmen identify as Muslim.

PERSECUTOR: The government persecutes evangelical Christians.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN TURKMENISTAN: Churches meet openly, but they are closely monitored. Some families worship together in secret. If the government hears of a Turkmen coming to Christ, the new believer faces immediate pressure. It’s also difficult for believers to travel out of the country for Christian training or encouragement. VOM has helped families of imprisoned pastors in the past.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: A Turkmen Bible was recently published, but they are difficult to obtain.

VOM WORK: VOM distributes Christian literature throughout the country.

National Flag [ 국기 ]
투르크메니스탄 | Turkmenistan
Population [ 인구 ]
5,411,012 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Turkmen
  • Uzbek
  • Russian
  • other
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Muslim
  • Eastern Orthodox
  • Unknown
Leader [ 지도자 ]

President Gurbanguly BERDIMUHAMEDOW (since 14 February 2007)

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]

Presidential republic; Authoritarian

Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]
Civil law system with Islamic law influences
Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook

Related Books [ 연관 서적 ]