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Kyrgyzstan Population and religion percentage

Kyrgyzstan, officially the Kyrgyz Republic, also known as Kirghizia (in Russian), is a landlocked country in Central Asia. Kyrgyzstan is bordered by Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to the south, and China to the east and southeast.

As per the UNWorld Population Prospects report,  the estimated population of  Kyrgyzstan  in 2023 is 6,839,606 (6.8 Million)

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Kyrgyzstan Demographics
Kyrgyzstan 2024 Population
Total Population6,839,606
Growth Rate0.08%
Land Area  191,801 sq. km (74,055 sq. mi)
Area Rank85
Pop. Density34 people/sq. km
Capital CityBishkek
Fertility Rate* 3
Infant mortality rate ** 13.2
Median Age  26 Years
Life Expectancy 71.95 years
Urban Population 35.6%

*Fertility rate, average number of children born to women during their reproductive years.

**Infant mortality rate is the number of deaths per 1,000 live births of children under one year of age.

Religion in Kyrgyzstan

Islam is The majority religion in Kyrgyzstan and its practiced by 89.4% of the population. Most are adherents of Sunni Islam, with a minority being Shia.

Christianity is the second largest religion followed by an estimated 10% of the population and is mostly Russian Orthodox Church. Other religions are at just 1% of the population including Jews, Buddhism, and Baháʼí.

Religion Percentage in Kyrgyzstan 

Religion Percentage
Islam 89.40%
Christianity 10.00%
Other 0.60%

Ethinic Group

Kyrgyz, a Turkic people, are the largest ethnic group in the country, comprising 74.1% of the population. Russians (5.0%) are predominantly located in the northern region, while Uzbeks (14.8%) reside in the south. Other ethnic groups include Dungans (1.1%), Uyghurs (0.9%), Tajiks (0.9%), Kazakhs (0.6%), and Ukrainians (0.1%), along with several other smaller ethnicities. Overall, the country has over 80 ethnic groups residing within its borders.

Ethnic Percentage

  • Kyrgyz,- 74.1%
  • Uzbeks – 14.8%
  • Russians – 5.0%
  • Dungans – 1.1%
  • Uyghurs – 0.9%
  • Tajiks – 0.9%
  • Kazakhs – 0.6%
  • Ukrainians – 0.1%
Top Cities in Kyrgyzstan by Population
10Talas, Kyrgyzstan32,638
Population of Kyrgyzstan 2024 | Religion in Kyrgyzstan