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Official name - Republic of Uzbekistan
Population - approximately 23, 784, 321 (1999)
Ethnic groups - Uzbek (80%), Russian (6%), Tajik (5%)
Languages - Uzbek (official), Russian
Religions - Muslim (mostly Sunni)(88%), Eastern Orthodox (9%)
Area - 172, 741 square miles
Location - Central Asia (Kazakhstan on North and West, Kyrgyzstan and Tajikstan on East, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan on South)
Capital - Tashkent
Head of State - President Islam A Karimov
Head of Government - Prime Minister Utkir Sultanov
Joined USSR - 1925
Declaired independence - August 29, 1991
Became independent - December 26, 1991

(Source: 1999 World Almanac)

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