Issyk Kul Province

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Issyk Kul Province
Ысык-Көл областы
Иссык-Кульская область
Caipital Karakol
Aurie 43,100 km²
Population 437,200 (2009)
Population densitie 10.1 /km²
ISO 3166-2 KG-Y

Issyk Kul Province (Kyrgyz: Ысык-Көл областы) is a province (oblast) o Kyrgyzstan. Its caipital is Karakol. It is surroondit by Almaty Province, Kazakhstan (north), Chui Province (wast), Naryn Province (soothwast) an Xinjiang, Cheenae (sootheast).

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Lake Ala-Kul in the Terskey Alatau muntains

The north is dominatit bi the eye-shaped Issyk Kul Lake, surroondit bi the ridges o the Tian Shan muntain seestem: the Kyungey Ala-Too muntains tae the north an the Terskey Alatau tae the sooth (the 'sunny' an 'shady' Alatau, respectively). Tae the sooth is muntains an 'jailoos' (muntain meadows uised for simmer grazin). The heichest peaks o the Tian Shan muntains, includin Khan Tengri, are locatit in the eastrenmaist pairt o the province.

Maist o the population o the province bides aroond the loch, in particular in the ceeties o Balykchy naur the loch's wastren end, an Karakol naur its eastren end.

Basic socio-economic indicators[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Population: 437,200 (assessment for 1 Januar 2009) including 28.7% - urban, and 71.3% - rural population[1]
  • Employed population: 180,300 (2008) [2]
  • Registered unemployed population: 4,902 (2008)[3]
  • Export: 18.8 million US dollars (2008)[4]
  • Import: 221.7 million US dollars (2008) [4]
  • Direct Foreign Investments: 1,1 million US dollars (in 2008)[5]

Transportation[eedit | eedit soorce]

The railwey comin frae the northwast (frae Bishkek) ends at Balykchy. The main hieway (A365) frae Bishkek passes through Balykchy an intae Naryn Province on its way tae the Torugart Pass intae Cheenae. Hieway A363 circles the loch an A362 runs east frae the loch intae Kazakhstan.

Tourism[eedit | eedit soorce]

On the plateau atween the north shore o Lake Issyk Kul an the Kyungei Alatau Range (naur Tamchy)

The province, whilk resembles the Alps or Colorado, woud be a major tourist destination wur it no for its remoteness, unnerdeveloped infrastructure, an growin conflict atween Kyrgyz naitionalists an independence factions, which in December 2008 flared up again, killin 39 civilians. Currently, it is visited maistly bi locals who uise the Soviet-era establishments aroond the lake an the mair adventurous sort o internaitional tourist.

Trivia[eedit | eedit soorce]

There is a veelage bi the name o Kyzyldzhildyz in this province. Its name is haurd enough tae pronoonce for foreigners tae the leid that the clachan's mayor haes affered a reward for ony American that can pronoonce "Kyzyldzhildyz".


Destricts o Issyk Kul[eedit | eedit soorce]

A mosque in Tamchy veelage, Issyk Kul Province

Issyk Kul is dividit admeenistratively intae 5 destricts:[6]:

Destrict Caipital
Ak-Suu Destrict Karakol
Jeti-Oguz Destrict Kyzyl-Suu
Tong Destrict Bokonbaev
Tup Destrict Tyup
Issyk Kul Destrict Cholpon-Ata

References[eedit | eedit soorce]

  • Laurence Mitchell, Kyrgyzstan, Bradt Travel Guides, 2008

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