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Sunday, 29 November 2015

Kyrgyzstan

Kyrgyzstan derives its name from a word in the Kyrgyz language meaning “we are forty.” This is in reference to the forty clans of Manas, which unified to form the country.

Kyrgyzstan is 90% consonants (there is only one vowel).

The sun on Kyrgyzstan's flag has 40 rays in reference to the same tribes.


August 31st is Independence Day in Kyrgyzstan, marking the country’s independence from the Soviet Union on August 31, 1991.

Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the south west and China to the east. It is farther from an ocean than any other country in the world.

Kyrgyzstan’s capital is Bishkek, with a population of 874,400. The city began as a caravan rest stop called Pishpek on the Silk Road.

Ala-Too Square

Mountains cover over 80% of Kyrgyzstan.

Issyk-Kul Lake is the second largest mountain lake in the world after Titicaca.

Ethnic Kyrgyz make up the majority of the country's 5.7 million people, followed by significant minorities of Uzbeks and Russians.

The majority of the population (64 percent) are nondenominational Muslims.

The official language, Kyrgyz, is closely related to the other Turkic languages, although Russian remains widely spoken, a legacy of a century-long policy of Russification.

The Kyrgyzstan currency is the som, which is divided into 100 tyiyn.

The Kyrgyz for “one” is “bir” pronounced “beer”.

A popular drink in Kyrgyzstan is “kumyz” which is made from fermented horse milk.

Another popular drink in Kyrgyzstan is green tea which is drunk from bowls.

Source Daily Express

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