- Uzbekistan is a landlocked country in Central Asia.
- It is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Kyrgyzstan to the northeast, Tajikistan to the southeast, Afghanistan to the south and Turkmenistan to the southwest.
- Uzbekistan is one of only two countries in the world to be ‘double landlocked’ (landlocked and totally surrounded by other landlocked countries). Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5!
- The coordinates for Uzbekistan are 41.0000° N, 69.0000°
- The terrain here is varied throughout the nation. In the west there are lowlands and flat plateau, with one of the world’s largest deserts in the centre and high mountains and semiarid grasslands in the east.
Flag of Uzbekistan
- The lowest point in Uzbekistan is actually 39 feet below sea level, whilst the highest point is 15,233 feet above sea level!
- History fans will be intrigued to learn that in 2002, archaeologists discovered a series of ancient pyramids in a remote part of Uzebekistan, believed to be 2,700 years old!
- The total land area of Uzbekistan is 172,742 square miles (447,400 square kilometres).
- Uzbekistan’s population was 30.2 million in 2013.
- The capital city is Tashkent; it covers an area of 129.2 square miles (334.8 square kilometres) and has a population of 2.2 million (2011).
- The average life span here is 70 years.
- The residents of Uzbekistan enjoy long hot summers and mild winters, so don’t forget to pack your shorts!
- The official language of Uzbekistan is Uzbek, whilst Russian and Tajik are also spoken here. ‘Bu murakkab til!’ (‘It’s a hard language!’).
- Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open pit gold mines in the world!
- Apparently, in Uzbekistan it is only acceptable for a handshake to take place between two men! When greeting a woman, a man must bow with his hand over his heart.
- You’ll need to exchange your holiday money into the Uzbekistani Sum if you want to sample a bottle or two of wine from one of Uzbekistan’s 14 wineries!
- Uzbekistan grows vegetables, fruits, cotton and grain and rears livestock.
- Its industry consists of food processing, textiles, metallurgy, machine building and natural gas.
- Uzbekistan also exports gold, cotton, energy products, ferrous metals and mineral fertilisers.
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