|Government||republic; authoritarian presidential rule, with little power outside the executive branch|
|Currency||Uzbekistani sum (UZS)|
|Area||total: 447,400 sq km |
water: 22,000 sq km
land: 425,400 sq km
|Population||25,563,441 (July 2002 est.)|
|Language||Uzbek 74.3%, Russian 14.2%, Tajik 4.4%, other 7.1%|
|Religion||Muslim 88% (mostly Sunnis), Eastern Orthodox 9%, other 3%|
Uzkbekistan has borders with Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Turkmenistan. It is doubly landlocked, but includes the southern shoreline of the Aral Sea.
- Tashkent (capital)
- Tashkent airport is reasonably modern and has various international carriers operating as well as the national Uzbekistan Airways.