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Fascinating Facts about Uzbekistan
  1. Uzbekistan is Central Asia’s most populous country.
  2. The country is one of only two double-landlocked countries in the world. Liechtenstein is double landlocked by 2 countries whilst Uzbekistan is surrounded by 5! 
  3. The residents of Uzbekistan enjoy long hot summers and mild winters, so don’t forget to pack your sun protecting crème.
  4. The majority of the country’s citizens are ethnic Uzbeks who speak Uzbek, the official language. Russian is the second most widely spoken language. 
  5. Sunni Muslims make up 88% of the population, though they are secular and not religious Muslims.
  6. You’ll need to exchange your holiday money Into Uzbekistani Sum if you want to sample a bottle or two of wine from one of Uzbekistan’s 14 wineries. 
  7. Before traveling to Uzbekistan, give your friends and family the international code of 00998.
  8. Uzbekistan is home to the Muruntan gold mine, one of the largest open-pit gold mines in the world. 
  9. Each metro station in Tashkent is devoted to the unique theme and is made of natural materials, such as marble pillars and ceilings, granite, and engraved metal. It has been called one of the most beautiful metros in the world.
  10. In Uzbekistan, handshakes are only acceptable if it is between two men. The way to greet an Uzbek woman is by bowing to her with your right hand placed over your heart. 
  11. It is Uzbek tradition that the most respected guest be seated farthest from the entrance of a house.
  12. Lepioshka (Uzbek bread) is never laid upside down (it brings bad luck) nor placed on the ground, even if it’s safely in a bag. Locals never use a knife to cut it, they break it into pieces instead. It is preferred to do it by the head of the family. 
  13. Respect for the elderly is paramount. An Uzbek never insults nor yells at his parents.

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