The Tian Shan and Pamir mountain ranges occupy the majority of the territory of this landlocked Central Asian nation. A country of 6 million people, Kyrgyzstan boasts large deposits of gold — its biggest export — and other minerals. The country lies on the path of the ancient Silk Road that connected East Asia and Europe. It is Central Asia's smallest economy but most open democracy.
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