Essential info for Kyrgyzstan

Population: About 5.8 million

Major religions: Islam, Russian Orthodox 

Capital city: Bishkek (also largest city)

Legal system: Parliamentary republic

Main languages: Kyrgyz, Russian (official)

Time: GMT +6

Electricity: 220V, 50 Hz. Round, European-style two-pin plugs are common.

Currency: The Som (KGS), divided into 100 tyiyn.

Tipping: Not expected. Up to 20 percent for good service in taxis, restaurants and hotels, except where already added as a service charge.

International dialling code: +996

Emergency numbers: 102 (police), 103 (ambulance), 101 (fire)

Internet domain: .kg

Drives on the: Right