Kyrgyzstan is in Central Asia and is the home of the world’s second-largest lake.
The main languages spoken in Kyrgyzstan are English, German and French. English is the most prominent of the three languages. Before it got the name Kyrgyzstan, this tiny nation was Kyrgyz Autonomous Province.
“Kyrgyzstan” differentiates its natives from the Cossacks. “Kyrgyz” comes from the word forty in Turkic. It references a clan of 40 of the great Manas. The flag of Kyrgyzstan depicts a 40-ray sun.
Kyrgyzstan is of the Turkish ethnic group, and there are 55 other ethnic groups residing in the country. This mixed pot of culture and languages is one of the things that makes this nation interesting.
Many people know Kyrgyzstan for its mountainous lands. It covers almost 80 percent of the country.
Another one of Kyrgyzstan’s features is the South Inylchek Glacier. It is the sixth-largest in the world, excluding those in the polar regions.
In the city of Balasagun lies Burana Tower. It was 45 meters tall at first. Then because of recent earthquakes experienced by the county, it reduced to 25 meters.
This country is the best place to buy cheap goods, and it has one of the biggest food markets in the city of Bishkek. Kyrgyzstan has its own white house, a seven-story structure located in Bishkek. This city seems to be the most metropolitan part of the country. It is quite surprising that only about a third of the Kyrgyz population lives in the urban area.
The city of Bishkek has a variety of unique monuments and plazas. One of them is the Vladimir statue of Lenin. Completed in the year 1948, it is still standing to this day.
The first established county in Kyrgyzstan was Osh. Its large and ever-growing market is booming and growing every day.
Kyrgyzstan is a developing country. It has the second-lowest gross national income of all Central Asia. It is also one of the most sparsely-populated countries in that region.
The railroads of Kyrgyzstan are relatively short. It only reaches roughly 420 kilometers. It is still fortunate to have railroads as many countries do not.
Kyrgyzstan exports gold, which makes up about 40 percent of its exports. Gold exports come in at second place to dried legumes. The mountain of Tian Shan is on top of one of the biggest gold mines in the world.
The currency used in Kyrgyzstan is the Kyrgyzstan som. The conversion to that in the United States of America is about one cent to one som.
If you’d like to purchase a property in Kyrgyzstan, you can. The country has passed a bill stating that foreigners may purchase a property, but only if they have an investment visa or a permanent house permit.
Opportunities and Challenges
Kyrgyzstan is a safe place to live. However, there have been disputes between the rich and the poor. Theft and bride napping are prevalent issues in this nation.
Horse meat is quite popular in Kyrgyzstan, and people eat it. Another Kyrgyzstan favorite is fermented mare milk. It’s filled with many nutrients for growth and strong bones.
Islam is the most practiced religion in Kyrgyzstan. Around 70 percent of the population practice Islam, and there are many Muslim schools. Christianity is legal in Kyrgyzstan and is the second most practiced religion.
Kyrgyzstan is a unique country, and the world needs to pay more attention to it. Its diversity makes it so fantastic and so worth visiting.
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