SW733 From United States of America, joined Feb 2004, 6220 posts, RR: 10 Reply 4, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1783 times:
-stan means "home of", so in this case it is "Home of the Turkmens"..."Home of the Uzbeks", "Home of the Kyrgyz", etc.
Saparmurat Niyazov, the President of Turkmenistan, is in fact criticized by the West a lot. He's done such things as close libraries and Western style universities in Turkmenistan, changed the alphabet from Cyrillic to a Latin based one, and cut off many ties in foreign policy, including a lot of UN participation.
However, as someone who has a goal of going to every single country in the world (realistic, huh? ) I hope to get there someday!
TurkishWings From United States of America, joined May 2006, 1430 posts, RR: 9 Reply 5, posted (7 years 6 months 1 week 3 days 4 hours ago) and read 1767 times:
As far as I know, it is a Turkish tag and yes it means "home of" "land of". In Turkmenistan's case you can say it means where Turkmen people live. Though its "istan" not "stan". In Turkish many country names finish with this tag. Such as:
Suudi Arabistan: Saudi Arabia
Me too, I hope I can make it there till 2007. I heard domestic flights are very cheap (a few dollars per flight). The best information (by a Travel Agency) I found so far no Turmenistan in the web is: http://www.stantours.com
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