Uzbekistan

 

The region's cradle of culture for more than two millennia, Uzbekistan is the proud home to a spellbinding arsenal of architecture and ancient cities, all deeply infused with the bloody, fascinating history of the Silk Road. In terms of sights alone, Uzbekistan is Central Asia's biggest draw and most impressive showstopper. Samarkand, Bukhara and Khiva never fail to impress visitors with their fabulous mosques, madrassas and mausoleums, while there are some more eccentric attractions, such as the fast disappearing Aral Sea, the fortresses of desperately remote Karakalpakstan, its boomtown capital Tashkent and the ecotourism opportunities of the Nuratau Mountains. Uzbekistan remains an extremely friendly country where hospitality is an essential element of daily life and you will be made to feel genuinely welcome by the people you meet.

Official name

Republic of Uzbekistan

 

Political Regime

Presidential Republic

 

Surface

448.978 km² km²

 

Population

30.185.400 people.

 

Capital

Tashkent

 

Ethnic Groups

Uzbeks comprise a majority (80%) of the total population. Other ethnic groups include Russians 5.5%, Tajiks 5% (official estimate and disputed), Kazakhs 3%, Karakalpak’s 2.5% and Tatars 1.5%.

 

Language

Uzbek and recognized regional Karakalpak.

 

Religion

Close to 90% of Uzbeks claim to be Muslin, although a vast majority are not practicing. A 5% of the population follow Russian Orthodox Christianity, and other 5% follow other religions.

 

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