Total Area: 652,090 sq km
GDP (in million USD): 16,631
Afghanistan is located in South Asia. It is bounded by Iran in the west and by Pakistan in the south. After the U.S. apparently defeated the Taliban in 2001, Afghanistan continued to be confronted by tremendous challenges.
The World Bank's Afghanistan Investment Climate Survey indicated that almost 60% of firms say that access to land is one of the major constraints faced when doing business in the country. It is exceptionally difficult for businesses to get clear title to new land. The lack of certainty in land tenure discourages existing business from making large new investments and effectively prohibits foreign investment.
Modern building materials are widely available throughout the country. In the cities there are some neighborhoods that have used contemporary architecture with houses that are western style. These neighborhoods also have houses that cost up to millions of dollars and are like mansions and palaces, renting up to ten thousand dollars per month.