Kyrgyzstan is a rugged Central Asian country along the Silk Road, the ancient trade route between China and the Mediterranean. The Tian Shan mountains, which surround the old caravan route and dominate the country, are home to snow leopards, lynx and sheep. In the south, the millennia-old city of Osh has a huge, busy bazaar that was once a stop on the Silk Road.
Languages: Kyrgyz 64.7% (official), Uzbek 13.6%, Russian 12.5% (official), Dungun 1%, other 8.2%
Ethnic Groups: Kyrgyz 64.9%, Uzbek 13.8%, Russian 12.5%, Dungan 1.1%, Ukrainian 1%, Uygur 1%, other 5.7%
Belief Systems: Muslim 75%, Russian Orthodox 20%, other 5%
Population: 5.56 million people (World Rank: 113th) (2014 estimate)
Population Density: 75.1 people/mi^2 (People per Square Mile) (World Rank: 187th) (2014 estimate)
Population Growth: 1.01 %/yr (World Rank: 129th) (2013 estimate)
Life Expectancy: 67.5 years (World Rank: 168th) (2013 estimate)
Median Age: 23.8 years (World Rank: 122nd) (2010 estimate)
Sites for More Information:
Map of Kyrgyzstan
University of Texas Libary
Travel Info for Kyrgyzstan
in Washington D.C.
Kyrgyz Government Web Sites
Directory of government Web sites and other links by Gunnar Anzinger