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Afghanistan
  • Population
    34,124,811
    [July 2017 est.]
    Note: Statistical estimates on the population of Afghanistan may be unreliable.
  • Languages
    There are over 30 distinct languages spoken across the country. The most widely spoken are:
    Dari - including other Persian variants (80%)
    Pashto (47%)
    Uzbek (11%)
    English (5%)
    Turkmen (2%)
    Urdu (2%)
    [2017 est.]
    Note: Data represents more than 100% because many Afghans speak more than one language.
  • Religions
    Sunni Islam (85%)
    Shi'a Islam (14%)
    Other (0.3%)
    [Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, 2017]
  • Ethnicities
    Pashtun
    Tajik
    Hazara
    Uzbek
    Baloch
    Turkmen
    Nuristani
    Pamiri
    Aimaq
    Others
  • Australians with Afghan Ancestry
    53,082 [Census, 2016]
Afghans in Australia
  • Population
    46,799
    [Census, 2016]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Afghanistan.
  • Average Age
    30 [Census, 2011]
  • Gender
    Male (61%)
    Female (39%)
    [Census, 2016]
  • Religion
    Islam (91.1%)
    Not Stated (6.9%)
    No Religion (1.3%)
    Other (0.8%)
    [Census, 2011]
  • Ancestry
    Afghan - nondescript (66.3%)
    Hazara (16.3%)
    Not Stated (9.3%)
    English (2.0%)
    Other (6.1%)
    [Census, 2011]
  • Language Spoken at Home
    Dari (50.3%)
    Hazaragi (20.7%)
    Persian [excluding Dari] (12.1%)
    Pashto (7.2%)
    Other (9.7%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 64.6% speak English fluently.
    [Census, 2011]
  • Diaspora
    Queensland (34.8%)
    New South Wales (31.3%)
    Western Australia (13.7%)
    South Australia (11.5%)
    Other (8.7%)
    [Census, 2011]
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 1996 (9.5%)
    1996 - 2005 (23.4%)
    2006 - 2015 (61.1%)
    2016 (3.4%)
    Not stated (2.5%)
    [Census, 2016]
    Note: Arrivals up until 9 August 2016.
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