Turks in Turkmenistan
Total population
13,000 (2012 census)[1]
Turkish, Turkmen
Related ethnic groups
Turkic peoples

Turks in Turkmenistan (Turkish: Türkmenistan'daki Türkler) are either Turkish people who live in Turkmenistan even though having been born outside Turkmenistan, or are Turkmenistan-born, but have Turkish roots. By Turkish roots, this could mean roots linking back to Turkey, or in neighbouring countries once part of the Ottoman Empire that still have a population whose language is Turkish or who claims a Turkish identity or cultural heritage.


According to the 2012 Turkmen census, there was 13,000 Turks living in Turkmenistan.[1] The largest number of Turks were recorded in the capital city of Ashgabat where they numbered 10,500.[1]

Turkish schools

Due to the common ethnic, linguistic, religious, cultural and historical ties of Turkish and Turkmen people, the Turkish community in Turkmenistan are well integrated. In Turkmenistan there is 1 high school, 1 primary school, 1 Turkish Language Training Centre and 1 Vocational Training Centre that operates in Ashgabat under the Turkish National Education Ministry.[2]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Asgabat. "Национальный и религиозный состав населения Туркменистана сегодня". Archived from the original on June 24, 2016. Retrieved 2016-05-27.
  2. ^ Rep. of Turkey Ministry of Foreign Affairs. "Turkey's Political Relations With Turkmenistan". Retrieved 2009-10-28.