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LE MONDE UZBEKISTANGold on the Silk RoadThe young country with an old history has a lot of potential for investors andtourism as one of the fastest growing economies in the world.Text: Stephan BurianekFACTS &FIGURESUzbekistanPopulation: 34,036,800(2020 estimate)Capital: TashkentOfficial languages: Uzbek,Karakalpak (in Karakalpakstan)Area: 448,978 km 2Religion:Muslims: 88.6 %Christians: 9.4 %Zoroastrian: 0.2 %Non-religious and others: 2 %Ethnic groups:Uzbeks: 83.8 %Tajiks: 4.8 %Kazakhs: 2.5 %Russians: 2.3 %Karakalpaks: 2.2 %Tatars: 1.5 %Others: 4.5 %Form of government:Unitary presidential constitutionalsecular republicPresident: Shavkat MirziyoyevPrime Minister: Abdulla AripovCurrency: Uzbek som (UZS)GDP (PPP) per capita:$1,831 (2020 estimate)PHOTOS: ADOBE STOCKUzbekistan is the world‘s onlylandlocked country besidesLiechtenstein that is exclusivelysurrounded by other landlockedcountries.TASHKENT. The amountof shiny buildings inthe capital is steadilygrowing.32 Cercle Diplomatique 2/2020Cercle Diplomatique 2/202033