Uzbekistan is located in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan.
While the Republic of Uzbekistan may be a relatively new country, its cities and people have a history dating back more than a thousand years.
Uzbekistan, literally Land of the Uzbeks, is a melting pot of races. The Uzbeks are predominately Turkish, but they have been significantly influenced through the immigration of both Persian and Mongol races.
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- Population: 28,661,637
- Capital City: Tashkent
- Climate: Mostly mid-latitude desert, long, hot summers, mild winters; semi-arid grassland in east
- Time Zone: UTC+5 (10 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
- Language: Uzbek language
- Country Code: +998
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