Kyrgyzstan's economy has some some strengths and many weaknesses. One of their strengths are its mineral resources, especially mercury and gold. They have agricultural self-sufficiency and also have large hydroelectric power potential, emphasis on potential. Their agricultural based economy causes many probles. Their economy has declined since the 1991 breakup of the USSR, whom they depended totally for trade and supplies. Astoundingly, their inflation a high in mid-1993 at an alarming rate of 1,500% per year.

     The population of Kyrgyzstan is approximately 4, 553,000 people (1992 est.). The area of Kyrgyzstan is about 198,500 square kilometers (76,600 square miles). Kyrgyzstan is located in central Asia in the Tien Shan Mountains. Kazakhstan borders it on the north, Uzbekistan on the west, Tajikistan on the southwest, and China on the southeast. The ethnic groups in Kyrgyzstan are mainly Kyrgyz, Russian, and Uzbek. Smaller minorities of the republic are Ukranian, German, and Tatar. The main languages spoken are Kyrgyz and Russian. Almost all of the people follow the Islamic religion. Their government is classified as an independent republic.

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