The official language of Kyrgyzstan is Kyrgyz, but Russian is also considered an official language in this country. Russian is spoken by many locals and staff, Russian speakers are easier to meet than English speakers. Most signs and announcements are duplicated in Russian.
The country is dominated by such a religion as Islam. However, here, especially in large cities, Muslims are rather soft on kissing in the streets and slightly revealingly dressed women. But in the provinces, you should be more careful with this, otherwise you can attract the attention of law enforcement agencies.
Kyrgyzstan is quite a believing country – 83% of the population consider themselves to be some kind of religious denomination. In addition to Muslims, there are also Catholics and Orthodox in the country, but in much smaller numbers.
When visiting temples, you should show respect for religion, behave with restraint and refrain from frequent photographing. Dressing in temples should be strictly, covering the legs and other parts of the body, women are even recommended to cover their heads and cover their faces.
According to Countryaah, six million people live in Kyrgyzstan. 72.16% percent of them are Kyrgyz, 14.34% – Uzbeks, 6.87% – Russians, the share of the rest is insignificant. Also, some ethnic groups of indigenous people still live in the country. Approximately 60% of the population of Kyrgyzstan still lives not in cities, but in villages.
Foreigners are treated with caution, as a rule, they are overpriced in shops and when serving in restaurants and other places. Nevertheless, the Kyrgyz are a very friendly people, hospitality is the main part of their national character.
Despite the motley ethnic composition, there are practically no interethnic conflicts and disagreements in Kyrgyzstan.
- January 1 – New Year;
- February 23 – Defender of the Fatherland Day;
- March 8 – Women’s Day;
- March 21 – Nooruz;
- May 1 – Labor Day;
- May 5 – Constitution Day;
- May 9 – Victory Day;
- August 31 – Independence Day
Many holidays were transferred to Kyrgyzstan from Russia during its stay in the USSR. Check agooddir for recent history of Kyrgyzstan.