Afghan Culture and Statistics

Afghanistan, a landlocked country in South Asia, had a population of 34.66 million as of 2016. It is bordered by Iran in the West, Pakistan in the South and East, China in the far northeast, and Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, and Uzbekistan in the north. In terms of agricultural production, Afghanistan is known for producing some of the highest quality fruits like grapes, mulberries, melons, apricots, and pomegranates. Agriculture contributes a lot to their economy with an annual fruit and nut export valued at $500 million in 2014. Afghanistan also had a GDP (purchasing power parity) of $69.55 billion in 2017.

Afghan culture has existed since the time of Achaemenes and their official languages are Pashto and Dari. Islam is the main religion, accounting for 99.7% of the country’s population. Sunni Islam is practiced by 90% of Afghanistan’s population while the remaining are Shias. The country also has a deep culture of poetry appreciation. Unfortunately, Afghanistan has not experienced the peace or stability necessary for business investment since the invasions by the Soviet Union in the 1980s, followed by the United States in the 2000s. Currently, the country continues to fight extremist elements like the Al Qaeda and the Taliban.

2021
April 13Ramadan starts
April 28Afghan Victory Day
May 13Eid al-Fitr
May 14Eid al-Fitr Holiday
May 15Eid al-Fitr Holiday
July 19Day of Arafat
July 20Eid al-Qurban
July 21Eid al-Qurban Holiday
July 22Eid al-Qurban Holiday
August 19Independence Day (National Day)
August 19Ashura
September 9Martyrs and Ahmad Shah Masoud Day
October 19The Prophet’s Birthday
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  • Corporation
  • Partnership
  • Corporate Tax: 20%
  • Income Tax (Lowest Marginal Rate): 0%
  • Income Tax (Highest Marginal Rate): 20%
  • VAT/GST/Sales Tax: 0%
  • Afghanistan International Bank (Local Bank)
  • Afghanistan Commercial Bank (Local Bank)
  • Ghazanfar Bank (Local Bank)
  • Maiwand Bank (Local Bank)
  • Afghan United Bank (Local Bank)
  • Azizi Bank (Local Bank)
  • Bank-e-Millie Afghan (Local Bank)
  • First MicroFinance Bank-Afghanistan (Local Bank)
  • New Kabul Bank (Local Bank)
  • Pashtany Bank (Local Bank)
  • Bakhter Bank (Local Bank)
  • Bank-e Millie Afghan (State Bank)
  • Pashtany Bank (State Bank)
  • New Kabul Bank (State Bank)
  • Alfalah Bank (Foreign Bank)
  • National Bank of Pakistan (Foreign Bank)
  • Habib Bank (Foreign Bank)

Aadmi can support you with your expansion to Afghanistan. Our team of experts in country manage every aspect of your expansion from incorporation, accounting, legal, and even administrative concerns.  Matched with Global People Strategist’s powerful labor compliance software, your company is in good hands.

Contact us today for more information about how your company can benefit from using Aadmi as your global expansion partner.

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