Kyrgyzstan

Country Profile

Kyrgyzstan

About Kyrgyzstan

DESIGNATION: Restricted

BACKGROUND: Kyrgyzstan is one of the poorest former Soviet states in Central Asia. Only 10 percent of this mountainous country is suitable for farming; as a result, the Kyrgyz people have a proud nomadic tradition centered on raising sheep and horses. Conflicts occasionally arise between ethnic groups.

MAJOR RELIGIONS: Kyrgyzstan is a majority Muslim nation that returned to its perceived religious roots after gaining independence from the USSR.

PERSECUTOR: Christians are persecuted mostly by family members and neighbors. Imams in cities often refuse to allow Christians to be buried in cemeteries.

WHAT IT MEANS TO BE A CHRISTIAN IN KYRGYZSTAN: Some churches worship openly, even in small towns, but being a Christian is difficult because of the Islamic culture. Beatings aren’t uncommon, and the small Christian minority is generally oppressed by society. For example, buses won’t stop for those known as Christians in small communities, and they have difficulty getting jobs and even purchasing goods. Authorities recently released a believer from prison who had been falsely accused because of his faith.

ACCESS TO BIBLES: Bibles are more accessible than in other Central Asian nations. They can be purchased at registered churches in larger cities, but they are expensive.

VOM WORK: VOM provides medical care to Christians injured in attacks and helps believers become self-supporting.

National Flag [ 국기 ]
키르기스스탄 | Kyrgyzstan
Population [ 인구 ]
5,849,296 (July 2018 est.)
Ethnicity [ 인종 ]
  • Kyrgyz
  • Uzbek
  • Russian
  • Dungan
  • Other (includes Uyghur, Tajik, Turk, Kazakh, Tatar, Ukrainian, Korean, German) (2017 est.)
Religion [ 종교 ]
  • Muslim
  • Russian Orthodox
  • Other
Leader [ 지도자 ]

President Sooronbay JEENBEKOV (since 24 November 2017)

Government Type [ 정부형태 ]
Parliamentary republic
Legal System [ 법적 체제 ]
Civil law system, which includes features of French civil law and Russian Federation laws
Source [ 자료출처 ]

CIA World Factbook

Related Books [ 연관 서적 ]