Due to war and turmoil, reliable and up-to-date figures about Afghanistan are hard to come by, especially in regards to demographic data. However, a few benchmark figures with which the current state of the country can be gauged are available.
Afghanistan exports significantly less in goods than it imports, which causes a remarkable trade balance deficit, which is not expected to get out of the red anytime soon. One of its most important trade partners for both export and import is Pakistan.
Since 2001, foreign troops have been stationed in Afghanistan to fight the Taliban, which rule the country until the 2002 invasion, and to help the Afghan government stabilize. The United States has sent the largest number of soldiers for this ISAF mission, helmed by NATO. The troops are now slowly being withdrawn from the country. However, Afghanistan's economy may need a lot more time to recover from the war.
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In the following 6 chapters, you will quickly find the 43 most important statistics relating to "Afghanistan".