Map of Yemen Sana'a

Yemen 2005

Yearbook 2005 Yemen. In and around the city of Sada in the northwest of the country, riots erupted in March and April as security forces clashed with supporters of government hostile spiritual leader Husayn Badr ad-Din al-Huthi who had been killed in fighting in 2004. Huthi’s organization Faithful Youth (Shabab al-Mumin) and an unknown number […]

Map of Vietnam Hanoi

Vietnam 2005

Yearbook 2005 Vietnam. According to countryaah, Hanoi is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Vietnam. Vietnam was the country most affected by the dreaded and well-known bird flu during the year. In October, 41 people in Vietnam had died of the disease and 91 cases had been documented since […]

Map of Uzbekistan Tashkent

Uzbekistan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Uzbekistan. In February, a trial was initiated in the city of Andizjan in the Fergana Valley against a group of entrepreneurs arrested the year before. membership in extremist Islamic organizations. According to countryaah, Tashkent is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Uzbekistan. The detainees denied the accusations […]

Map of United Arab Emirates Abu Dhabi

United Arab Emirates 2005

Yearbook 2005 United Arab Emirates. Following pressure from the UN Children’s Fund UNICEF, United Arab Emirates President Khalifa ibn Zayid Al Nahyan issued a decree in July that stated that no children under the age of 18 would be allowed to work as camel jockeys in the country. In an agreement with UNICEF, the United […]

Map of Turkmenistan Ashgabat

Turkmenistan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Turkmenistan. At the New Year, Turkmenistan signed a new agreement with Ukraine on gas deliveries, which meant significantly increased revenue for Turkmenistan. The deal came after a price dispute that threatened Ukraine’s economy since Turkmenistan closed in mid-winter by deliveries to the heavily gas-dependent country. Turkmenistan is the world’s second largest gas producer. […]

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Asia Europe

Turkey 2005

Yearbook 2005 Turkey. After 40 years of efforts, Turkey began membership negotiations with the EU on 3 October. During the fierce discussions that led to the last of the EU Council of Ministers in Luxembourg, Austria objected to Turkey being offered full membership. Only when the EU gave Austria’s protectionist Croatia green light to start […]

Map of Thailand Bangkok

Thailand 2005

Yearbook 2005 Thailand. According to countryaah, Bangkok is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Thailand. The parliamentary elections in January became a triumph for Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra, whose party Thai straight Thai (‘Thais love Thais’) got just over 60% of the vote and 375 of the National Assembly’s […]

Map of Tajikistan Dushanbe

Tajikistan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Tajikistan. Ahead of the February parliamentary elections, the opposition found it difficult to register candidates, and its election campaign was thwarted by the ruling party, which in turn gained considerable space in the media. According to countryaah, Dushanbe is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Tajikistan. Several […]

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Taiwan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Taiwan. As a result of the December 2004 parliamentary elections, when the opposition party Nationalist Party (Guomindang, GMD) won the most seats, Taiwan got a new government in January. President Chen Shuibian appointed Frank Hsieh from his own Independent Democratic Progressive Party (DPP) as prime minister. Hsieh formed a DPP-led government, but the […]

Map of Syria Damascus

Syria 2005

Yearbook 2005 Syria. According to countryaah, Damascus is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Syria. Syria found itself increasingly isolated during the year. When Lebanon’s former prime minister Rafiq al-Hariri was assassinated in Beirut on February 14, the Lebanese opposition was quick to point out Syria and Lebanon’s pro-Syrian […]

Map of Sri Lanka Colombo

Sri Lanka 2005

Yearbook 2005 Sri Lanka. After the tsunami in December 2004, when more than 30,000 Sri Lankan deaths perished, there was hope that the disaster would give new impetus to the peace process between Sinhalese and Tamils, but the hopes quickly died down. According to countryaah, Sri Jayewardenepura Kotte is the capital and one of the […]

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South Korea 2005

Yearbook 2005 South Korea. For the first time in ten months, South Korea and North Korea held bilateral talks in May with the only tangible result of South Korea donating 200,000 tonnes of fertilizer to the North Koreans. At a later meeting, at ministerial level, Seoul promised food and energy assistance to the north. In […]

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Singapore 2005

Yearbook 2005 Singapore. A dispute with Malaysia about land reclamation in the strait between the countries got its solution at the beginning of the year. The Hamburg court that Malaysia turned to in 2003 ruled that Singapore had the right to dry land in the strait, but that the countries had to settle for good […]

Map of Saudi Arabia Riyadh

Saudi Arabia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Saudi Arabia. According to countryaah, Riyadh is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Saudi Arabia. King Fahd died on August 1 and was immediately succeeded by his half-brother, 82-year-old Crown Prince Abdullah, who in effect ruled the country since King Fahd suffered a brain haemorrhage in 1995. […]

Map of Qatar Doha

Qatar 2005

Yearbook 2005 Qatar. According to countryaah, Doha is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Qatar. A British director was killed in a suicide attack on a theater in the capital Doha on March 19, on the two-year anniversary of the British-American invasion of Iraq. The suicide attack was carried […]

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Philippines 2005

Yearbook 2005 According to countryaah, Manila is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Philippines. Philippines is a country located in Southeastern Asia. The unrest in the southern part of the country continued during the year. In January, clashes broke out between government forces and hundreds of rebels from a […]

Map of Pakistan Islamabad

Pakistan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Pakistan. In the Baluchistan province, separatist guerrillas at the beginning of the year went on repeated attacks against military and police posts and gas fields. After a clash in March, when some 60 people were reported to have been killed, a 300-member semi-military police force was besieged for nearly a month by Baluchian […]

Map of Oman Muscat

Oman 2005

Yearbook 2005 Oman. According to countryaah, Muscat is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Oman. The country’s leader, Sultan Qabus ibn Said, in June pardoned 31 people who were sentenced in May to up to 20 years in prison for planning an Islamist coup attempt. The 31 were among […]

Map of North Korea Pyongyang

North Korea 2005

Yearbook 2005 North Korea. According to countryaah, Pyongyang is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of North Korea. North Korea’s tense relations to the outside world continued this year to dominate the picture. In January, US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice characterized the country as one of the “outposts of […]

Map of Nepal Kathmandu

Nepal 2005

Yearbook 2005 According to countryaah, Kathmandu is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Nepal. Nepal experienced another year of political crisis. On February 1, King Gyanendra Bir Bikram Shah Deb resigned the government and declared a state of emergency, which came into force for three months. Like in 2002, […]

Map of Myanmar Nay Pyi Taw

Myanmar 2005

Yearbook 2005 Burma. According to countryaah, Naypyidaw is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Burma. Burma remained internationally isolated and pressured in July to refrain from taking on the chairmanship of the regional cooperation organization ASEAN. Officially, the military junta declared that it needed to put its energies on […]

Map of Mongolia Ulaanbaatar

Mongolia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Mongolia. Following the political stalemate that arose through the regular and disputed parliamentary elections in 2004, Mongolia returned to elections in 2005, now to appoint a new president after departing Natsagiyn Bagabandi. The non-socialist opposition had almost taken back the majority in Parliament a year earlier, but in the presidential election, the socialist […]

Map of Maldives Male

Maldives 2005

Yearbook 2005 Maldives. According to countryaah, Male is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Maldives. The Maldives escaped the tsunami on December 26, 2004 with only a hundred deaths, but materially, the tidal wave was estimated to have thrown the country back a few decades. The damage was estimated […]

Map of Malaysia Kuala Lumpur

Malaysia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Malaysia. At the beginning of the year, it was clear that Malaysia had eased slightly from the tsunami disaster of December 26, 2004, compared to other countries in the region. The death toll was 68 and the number injured nearly 300. According to countryaah, Kuala Lumpur is the capital and one of the […]

Map of Lebanon Beirut

Lebanon 2005

Yearbook 2005 Lebanon. According to countryaah, Beirut is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Lebanon. Former Prime Minister Rafiq al-Hariri was assassinated in a blast attack in Beirut on February 14. Another 22 people were killed in the same attack. The murder came to affect the entire region. al-Hariri […]

Map of Laos Vientiane

Laos 2005

Yearbook 2005 Laos. After nearly ten years of studies and negotiations with the Laos Government, the World Bank decided in April to contribute US $ 270 million in loans and assistance to the disputed dam project Nam Theun 2 in Laos. The dam with the dam will be the largest in the country and is […]

Map of Kyrgyzstan Bishkek

Kyrgyzstan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Kyrgyzstan. According to countryaah, Bishkek is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Kyrgyzstan. Kyrgyzstan underwent a political revolution during the year, which was called the tulip revolution. The triggering factor was the parliamentary elections in February and March, when, according to foreign observers, there were election fraud […]

Map of Kuwait Kuwait City

Kuwait 2005

Yearbook 2005 Kuwait. On May 16, the country’s parliament approved a bill that gave women the right to vote and the right to run in future elections. The decision was taken too late for women to take part in the municipal elections held in June, but on June 12 a woman was appointed minister for […]

Map of Kazakhstan Nur-Sultan

Kazakhstan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Kazakhstan. Uprising and violence during the year in neighboring Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan raised concern within the political leadership of Kazakhstan. President Nursultan Nazarbayev warned that Central Asia could be destabilized if Western democracy was introduced too quickly in the region. At a US-arranged meeting on foreign investment in Alma-Ata in June, he explained […]

Map of Jordan Amman

Jordan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Jordan. On November 9, the violence spread from Iraq to Jordan’s capital Amman, where three of the city’s largest hotels were exposed to blast attacks that killed 54 people plus the three suicide bombers. Most of the victims were Jordanians, among them many guests at a wedding party at the Radisson SAS hotel. […]

Map of Japan Tokyo

Japan 2005

Yearbook 2005 Japan. According to countryaah, Tokyo is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Japan. Japan, whose beaches were spared from the tsunami in December 2004, began the year by making a huge contribution to disaster victims: the equivalent of over SEK 4 billion. Also see for how […]

Map of Israel Jerusalem

Israel 2005

Yearbook 2005 Israel. According to countryaah, Jerusalem is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Israel. Israel’s political map was radically redesigned during the year. On January 10, Prime Minister Ariel Sharon Knesset’s (Parliament’s) approval of the government coalition with The Labor Party, which would allow him to evacuate all […]

Map of Iraq Baghdad

Iraq 2005

Yearbook 2005 Iraq. Although two parliamentary elections and one referendum were held during the year, the country was increasingly fragmented along ethnic and religious divides. In the January 30 election to a transitional parliament, the dominant Shiite group, the United Iraqi Alliance, took home over half of the mandate and a Kurdish alliance became the […]

Map of Iran Tehran

Iran 2005

Yearbook 2005 Iran. According to countryaah, Tehran is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Iran. Tehran’s ultra-conservative mayor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad won the presidential election in June, becoming the country’s new leader. The background was a widespread disappointment at incumbent President Mohammad Khatami’s inability to solve the country’s economic problems […]

Map of Indonesia Jakarta

Indonesia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Indonesia. According to countryaah, Jakarta is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of Indonesia. Indonesia went into a state of shock in 2005. The flood wave the days before the New Year had devastated large parts of the coastal area of Aceh province in northern Sumatra, at least […]

Map of India New Delhi

India 2005

Yearbook 2005 India. According to countryaah, New Delhi is the capital and one of the major cities within the country of India. The tsunami disaster in December 2004 was estimated to have caused material damage to the country for at least SEK 18 billion. The worst affected were the state of Tamil Nadu on the […]

Map of Georgia Tbilisi

Georgia 2005

Yearbook 2005 Georgia. In the breakaway republic of Abkhazia, re-election to the presidential post was held in January, after the previous election results were appealed and protests erupted. Russia had sent military to quell the unrest. Opposition candidate Sergei Bagapshi won big, which was considered a hardship for Abkhazia’s ally Russia. Georgia did not recognize […]

Map of East Timor Dili

East Timor 2005

Yearbook 2005 Timor. Although the bitterness against the former occupation power of Indonesia is believed to live longer than East Timor and the neighboring country took a small step towards normalized conditions when Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono visited East Timor in April. The countries signed a border agreement, and Susilo visited a cemetery for […]

Map of Cyprus Nicosia

Cyprus 2005

Yearbook 2005 Cyprus. In July, Turkey signed an agreement to extend its customs union to the ten newest EU countries, including Cyprus. But Turkey also made it clear that the Customs Union did not recognize Cyprus as a state, and when the terms of the Turkish membership negotiations with the EU were subsequently negotiated, Turkey […]

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China 2005

Yearbook 2005 China. During the year, the country sought to adapt more to the standards of the Western world in the hope of being admitted into the diplomatic heat – especially important for the 2008 Olympics. “Significant measures” have been taken. In September, China’s supreme court was given the power to review death sentences following […]