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    Afghanistan People 2000

      Population: 25,838,797 (July 2000 est.)

      Age structure:
      0-14 years: 42.37% (male 5,598,403; female 5,371,054)
      15-64 years: 54.86% (male 7,362,961; female 6,839,914)
      65 years and over: 2.77% (male 378,741; female 337,724) (2000 est.)

      Population growth rate: 3.54% (2000 est.)
      note: this rate reflects the continued return of refugees from Iran

      Birth rate: 41.82 births/1,000 population (2000 est.)

      Death rate: 18.01 deaths/1,000 population (2000 est.)

      Net migration rate: 11.54 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2000 est.)

      Sex ratio:
      at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female
      under 15 years: 1.04 male(s)/female
      15-64 years: 1.08 male(s)/female
      65 years and over: 1.12 male(s)/female
      total population: 1.06 male(s)/female (2000 est.)

      Infant mortality rate: 149.28 deaths/1,000 live births (2000 est.)

      Life expectancy at birth:
      total population: 45.88 years
      male: 46.62 years
      female: 45.1 years (2000 est.)

      Total fertility rate: 5.87 children born/woman (2000 est.)

      Nationality:
      noun: Afghan(s)
      adjective: Afghan

      Ethnic groups: Pashtun 38%, Tajik 25%, Uzbek 6%, Hazara 19%, minor ethnic groups (Aimaks, Turkmen, Baloch, and others)

      Religions: Sunni Muslim 84%, Shi'a Muslim 15%, other 1%

      Languages: Pashtu 35%, Afghan Persian (Dari) 50%, Turkic languages (primarily Uzbek and Turkmen) 11%, 30 minor languages (primarily Balochi and Pashai) 4%, much bilingualism

      Literacy:
      definition: age 15 and over can read and write
      total population: 31.5%
      male: 47.2%
      female: 15% (1999 est.)

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