Kyrgyzstan’s population was 6.592 million in 2020…
…that’s around half the population of Portugal!
Residents here are known as Kyrgyzstanis.
The capital is Bishkek; it covers an area of 49 square miles (127 square kilometers) and had a population of 976,734 in 2017.
Kyrgyzstanis enjoy varying climates dependent on location and altitude; it ranges from dry continental and polar high up in the mountains, to subtropical in the southwest valley and temperate in the northern foothills.
The Silk Road, a major trade route between China and Europe used to run through Kyrgyzstan.
Did you know that Kyrgyzstan boasts the largest walnut forests in the world?
Incredibly, the Burana Tower in northern Kyrgyzstan was built as a lookout tower in the 10th century and still stands today. Although it has reduced in height by about 20m thanks to an earthquake in the 15th century, it still stands at around 25m tall!
The official languages of Kyrgyzstan are Kyrgyz and Russian.
Are you a fan of tea? Well you’ll feel right at home in Kyrgyzstan as it frequently accompanies meals on a daily basis!
Kyrgyzstani Som is the official currency here.
Kyrgyzstanis live for an average of 71.6 years (2019).
Kyrgyzstan grows cotton, tobacco, vegetables, potatoes, fruits, berries and grapes; they also rear cattle, sheep and goats.
Its industry consists of small machinery, textiles, shoes, cement, food processing, refrigerators, gold, furniture, rare earth metals and electric motors.
The main exports include gold, wool, cotton, meat, garments, tobacco, uranium, mercury, machinery, shoes and electricity.
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