Independence Year : 1991
Population : 4699000
Life Expectancy : 63.4
Capital : 2253
GNP : 1626.00
GNP Old : 1767.00
Local Name : Kyrgyzstan
Government Form : Republic
Location : Central Asia, landlocked, west of China south of Kazakhstan
Terrain : Mountainous, Tien Shan mountain range covering approximately 95%; some desert regions.
Climate : Dry continental to polar in high Tien Shan; subtropical in southwest (Fergana Valley); temperate in northern foothill zone.
Ethnic Group : Kyrgyz 52.4%, Russian 18%, Uzbek 12.9%, Ukrainian 2.5%, German 2.4%, other 11.8%.
Religions : Islam, 75%; Russian Orthodox, 20%; other, 5%.
Official Website : www.gov.kg
Genral Information - Kyrgyzstan
A Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions, Kyrgyzstan was annexed by Russia in 1864; it achieved independence from the Soviet Union in 1991.
Current concerns include: privatization of state-owned enterprises, expansion of democracy and political freedoms, inter-ethnic relations, and terrorism.
(Source: CIA - The World Factbook)