Ten fun facts about Uzbekistan


Fact 1
Uzbekistan is landlocked and borders Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan.

Fact 2
Most of the land features sandy desert with dunes. Some river valleys are found near Zarafshon, Sirdaryo and Amu Darya. The country experiences a desert climate with very scarce rainfall. The summers are very hot and the winters very cold.

Fact 3
This is the most popular of the five former Soviet republics in Central Asia with 26 million inhabitants. The Russians and Tajiks account for 10%, 3% Kazhiks and ethnic Uzbeks are about 80%.


Fact 4
It declared independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.

Fact 5
The government of Uzbekistan operates through its legislative, executive and judiciary bodies.

Fact 6
Tashkent is the capital and commercial hub of Uzbekistan. It serves as a major transport junction for the country. It has many tourist attractions.

Fact 7
Uzbekistan has been criticized heavily by the West for abuse of human rights.

Fact 8
Hosts a key US airbase and is an ally of Washington in the war on terrorism.

Fact 9
Uzbekistan is self-sufficient in energy with large oil and gas reserves. It is one of the top ten producers of gold and top five cotton producers in the world.

Fact 10
The language spoken in Uzbekistan is Uzbek which is influenced in the modern times by dialect groups of Oguz, Karluk and Kipchak.


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Short about Uzbekistan
Is situated in the south western part of Asia and is mainly a desert land.


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Population
30,492,800

Sources
CIA The World Factbook



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