FACTS ABOUT KYRGYZSTAN
Official Name: Kyrgyz Republic
Population: (2022 est.) 7,000,000
Capital & Largest City: Bishkek
Area: 199,951 km2 (77,202 sq mi)
Official languages: Kyrgyz, Russian
Currency: Kyrgyzstani som
Internet domain: .kg
International dialing code: +996
Borders: Kazakhstan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, People's Republic of China
Time Zone: UTC+6 (KGT)
Kyrgyzstan or the Kyrgyz Republic is a landlocked country in Central Asia.
Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the south, and the People's Republic of China to the east.
It's capital and largest city is Bishkek.
Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country's 6.6 million people, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russians.
The Kyrgyz language is closely related to other Turkic languages.
It’s one of the world’s least crowded countries.
The mountainous Tian Shan region covers 80 per cent of Kyrgyzstan, which explains how the country has acquired the nickname ‘Switzerland of Central Asia’.
It’s home to the world’s second-largest high-altitude lake -Lake Issyk-Kul. It lies at an altitude of 1,600 metres, measuring 113 miles long, 37 miles wide and reaching depths of 688 metres.