Capital: Bishkek

Population: 5,934,176 (estimated in 2015)

Currency: Kyrgyzstani Som (KGS)

Official Languages: Kyrgyz, Russian

Unofficial Languages: Uzbek, other minority dialects

Main Religions: Islam, Christianity (Orthodox)

Ethnic Groups: Kyrgyz, Russian, Uzbek, Dungan, and others

Largest Cities: Bishkek, Osh, Jalal-Abad, Karakol

Main Sport: Athletics, Chess, Football, Martial Arts

Political System: Republic

National Holidays (2016):

New Year’s Day (January 1)

Russian Orthodox Christmas Day (January 7)

International Women’s Day (March 8)

Nowruz (Persian New Year) (March 21)

Labour Day (May 1)

Constitution Day (May 5)

Victory Day (May 9)

Orozo Ait (End of Ramadan) (July 7)

Independence Day (August 31)

Kurban Ait (Feast of Sacrifice) (September 13)

Day of the Great October Socialist Revolution (November 7)

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