Capital: Bishkek Population: 6,389,500 Official languages: Kyrgyz, Russian Area: 199,951 km²
Kyrgyzstan is a landlocked country in Central Asia. Its neighbours are Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and China. Kyrgyzstan is situated in the high mountains of the Tianshan and reaches its highest altitude with the 7,439 m high Dzhengish Chokusu. More than 90 % of the territory is higher than 1,500 metres above sea level, 94 % of the country's surface is mountainous, only 20 % of the area is suitable for agriculture. With over 47%, the service sector contributes to a high degree of GDP. Agriculture accounts for 12% of GDP. Industry, primarily gold mining, makes up another 18% of GDP. 10% belongs to the construction sector. Kyrgyzstan has huge reserves of surface water. About 30% of the surface is covered by glaciers or perpetual snowfields. More than 3,000 rivers exist. Kyrgyzstan's rivers have great potential for generating electrical energy, which is developed quite well.
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