Ghafurov

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Ghafurov
Ghafurov is located in Tajikistan
Ghafurov
Ghafurov
Location in Tajikistan
Coordinates: 40°13′12″N 69°43′48″E / 40.22000°N 69.73000°E / 40.22000; 69.73000
Country Flag of Tajikistan.svg Tajikistan
Province Sughd
District Ghafurov district
Population (2014)
 • Total 18,100

Ghafurov (also Gafurov, Tajik: Ғафуров, Ğafurov/Ƣafurov; Russian: Гафуров, Gafurov) is a town in Ghafurov district, Sughd Province, Tajikistan. It has a population of 18100 (2014 estimate),[1] down from 18,900 in the 1989 census.[2] The town was created in 1965, and until 1978 had the name Sovietabad (Russian: Советабад). In that year it was renamed in honor of Bobojon Ghafurovich Ghafurov,[3] commemorating his term of office as the First Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of Tajikistan from 1946 to 1956.

Ghafurov is the administrative center of Ghafurov district. The city lies a few kilometers southeast of the provincial capital of Khujand near the border with Kyrgyzstan. A chief product of the city is vegetable and fruit preserves.[4] There is also a cotton industry. The nearest train station is Khujand (formerly Leninabad).[5]

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Coordinates: 40°13′12″N 69°43′48″E / 40.22000°N 69.73000°E / 40.22000; 69.73000