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country code: KG
languages: Kyrgyz, Russian
EU membership: no
NATO membership: no
GPS: 41 00 N, 75 00 E
Kyrgyzstan Som: KGS
1KGS = 0.0243 USD
1KGS = 0.0187 EUR
From wikipedia about Kyrgyzstan
Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic is one of the world's six independent Turkic states (along with Turkey
). Located in Central Asia, landlocked and mountainous, Kyrgyzstan
is bordered by Kazakhstan
to the north, Uzbekistan
to the west, Tajikistan
to the southwest and People's Republic of China
to the east. Its capital and largest city is Bishkek.
"Kyrgyz", is believed to have been derived from the Turkic word for "forty", in reference to the forty clans of Manas, a legendary hero who united forty regional clans against the Uyghers. Literally it means We are forty. At the time, in the early 9th century AD, the Uyghers dominated much of Central Asia (including Kyrgyzstan
, and parts of Russia
., SRAS–The School of Russian and Asian Studies
By extension, Kyrgyz is also thought to mean "unconquerable" or "undefeatable".
The 40-ray sun on the flag of Kyrgyzstan
is a reference to those same forty tribes and the graphical element in the sun's center depicts the wooden crown of a yurt – a portable dwelling traditionally used by nomads in the steppes of Central Asia.
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