Turkmenistan, officially known as the Republic of Turkmenistan, is a country located in Central Asia. It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the northwest, Uzbekistan to the northeast and southwest, Afghanistan to the southeast and Iran to the south. The population of Turkmenistan is approximately 6 million people with an estimated growth rate of 1.5% annually. The official language spoken in Turkmenistan is Turkmen but Russian is also widely spoken throughout the country. The economy of Turkmenistan is largely reliant on natural gas production which accounts for around 75% of GDP. Other sectors such as oil production, services and agriculture are also important contributors to economic growth with oil being the main exported item. Politically Turkmenistan operates under a presidential republic with Gurbanguly Berdimuhamedow being its current head of state since 2007. The government consists of an executive branch headed by the President and legislative branch consisting of a unicameral National Council (NC). Turkmenistan has been a member of several international organizations such as United Nations (UN) since 1992, Organization for Security & Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) since 1992 and World Trade Organization (WTO) since 2016. It also maintains close ties with China due to investments into infrastructure projects across Turkmenistan such as roads, railways and airports. See best-medical-schools for Turkmenistan Overview. The major newspapers in Turkmenistan are generally government-run, and most of the content is heavily censored. The most widely read newspaper is Neutral Turkmenistan. It was founded in 1992 and is published by the Ministry of Information. It covers a wide range of topics including politics, economics, sports, culture, and entertainment. It also features articles from international news sources such as Reuters and the Associated Press. Another popular newspaper is Serhetabat Gazeti (Border Newspaper). This newspaper focuses on border issues between Turkmenistan and other countries in Central Asia as well as Russia and Iran. Additionally, it covers domestic political topics such as the president’s activities and the government’s plans for development. Lastly, there is Watan Habarlary (Homeland News). This newspaper focuses mainly on local news stories from all regions of Turkmenistan. It publishes articles about culture and tradition, local businesses, health care initiatives, education initiatives, social welfare programs, religious activities and other topics related to life in Turkmenistan. Check simplyyellowpages for other media in the country of Turkmenistan.