Mongolia, often referred to as "Outer Mongolia" in contrast to the autonomous
region of "Inner Mongolia" in China, is the most sparsely populated
country in the world. It is interesting that there are the largest number of
horses in relation to the population, so there are about three horses for each
Mongolia is often referred to by the locals as the "raw egg" that lies between China and Russia.
Around 40% of the Mongols are still nomads, and so a large part of the nomad
people still live in yurts today, even in the capital Ulan Bator there are
many felt tents.
The hospitable country of the Mongols is a popular attraction for tourists,
who can experience the pristine steppe landscape, deserts and salt flats, but
also mountain regions with idyllic lakes. The northern part of the country is
also the most distant piece of earth in the world from the sea. In the south
there is the Gobi desert with its numerous sites of paleontological fossils,
here about a third of all known saurians have been discovered.
Mongolia is one of the most resource-rich countries on earth. Here you can find
"rare earths", which play a very important role in the manufacture of cell
|Name of the country
||Mongolia, Mongolian: Mongol Uls
|Form of government
||BŁgd Nairamdach Mongol (Democratic Mongolian Republic)
||about 2.8 million (Credit:
||approx. 94% Mongols, 4.3% Kazakhs, 1.1% Tuvinians
||approx. 50% Tibetan Buddhists, 40% non-denominational, 6% Christians and 4% Muslims
||Mongolian (93%) is the official language of the country, furthermore
Kazakh (4.3%) as well as Russian and some English
||Ulan Bator (Ulaanbaatar)
||HŁyten Uul with a height of 4,374 m
||Selenga with a length of 1,024 km
||Uvs Nuur Lake with an area of 3,350 km²
|International license plate
||1 tugrug = 100 mungh
|Time difference to CET
||Western Mongolia: + 6 h, Central Mongolia: + 7 h, Eastern Mongolia:
+ 8 h
|International phone code
|Mains voltage, frequency
||220 volts, 50 hertz
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
Before the year 1000
A first demonstrable settlement of the territory of today's Mongolia took
place about 500,000 years ago and was proven by archaeological finds that come
from the Gobi desert, among others.
Abbreviationfinder website, due to the inhospitable climatic conditions with the extreme temperature
fluctuations and the low precipitation, no arable farming and therefore hardly
any sedentary lifestyle could develop in the region. The nomads, who
predominantly raised horses and sheep, lived in smaller groups and were forced
to constantly change locations due to pasture farming. They used to attack and
rob their neighbors from time immemorial, especially in bad economic times. Due
to the constantly changing subjugation of the individual groups by the
victorious tribal princes (khans), there was a mixture of the various ethnic
groups of Mongolian, Hunnic, Turkish, Indo-European, Tibetan and Tungus origin
living in the area.
From the year 1000 to the 19th century
In the Middle Ages, Genghis Khan (around 1160 to 1227) established a world
empire after the unification of the Mongolian nomad tribes, which included
northern China and which stretched from the Caspian Sea in the east to the Sea
of Japan in the west and that under his successors to the largest contiguous
empire of the whole Human history expanded.
The Mongolian state was founded in 1206. His son Ugedai Khan even penetrated as
far as Central Europe in 1240/41. In 1271, Kublai Khan, a grandson of Genghis
Khan, established the Yuan Dynasty in China, which lasted until 1368. He
also introduced Buddhism as the Mongolian state religion and had Tibet
administered by Buddhist monks.
After his death, the Mongol Empire finally collapsed into four independent
- that of the Golden Horde on the Volga (Eastern Europe, Western Siberia and
- the Persian Ilkhanate
- the Chagatai Khanate in Central Asia west of what is now Mongolian territory
- the Yuan Empire, which was mainly located in what is now Mongolia and China.
In the middle of the 14th century the Mongols were driven out of Beijing again. In
1368 the Ming dynasty took power in China and in 1388 the former Mongolian
capital Karakorum was destroyed. To secure their northern border, the Chinese
began building the Great Wall in the 14th century, which lasted until the 17th
century. From the beginning of the 17th century, Lamaist Buddhism was
increasingly spread in Mongolia. In 1663 the so-called Inner Mongolia was
occupied by the Manchurian tribes. From 1691 the Manchurian Quing dynasty also
took control of what is now Mongolia.
In the 20th century
In 1911, after the Xinhai Revolution in China, Mongolia gained
independence. Head of state was the Buddhist Lama Djebtsandampa under the title
Boghdo Geghen Khan, who ruled with a brief interruption until his death in 1924.
In the meantime, the country was again conquered by the Chinese, followed by a
reconquest with the help of those who had been displaced from Russia by the
revolution White Guards. These were led by General Robert von Ungern-Sternberg
(executed in 1921), who rose to be the dictator of the country.
The Bolsheviks, who had meanwhile also asserted themselves in Siberia, then
penetrated Mongolia and on November 26, 1924, the Mongolian People's Republic
was proclaimed there based on the Soviet model, although it was not recognized
by China until 1946. The Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MRVP) was
formed, which from then on provided government as the communist unity party. The
influence of the Soviet leadership caused, among other things, an extensive
destruction of traditional nomadic livestock farming, which caused major
economic problems. About 38,000 Mongols fell victim to the Stalinist purges of
1937/38, including a large part of the country's intelligentsia and about 18,000
The country's Buddhist monasteries with their valuable cultural assets and
libraries were almost completely destroyed.
From 1990 onwards, in the wake of the upheavals in Eastern Europe, there was
also a political turnaround in Mongolia. Free elections were held for the first
time. The economy was also oriented towards the market.
The new constitution was passed in 1992. In 1999 Mongolia was hit by a
devastating drought and then an extremely cold winter, both of which had
disastrous effects on agriculture. Despite foreign aid, the country's population
still suffers from poverty, unemployment and, unfortunately, from corruption.
In the elections in 2000, the Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party won almost
all of the seats in parliament, and a coalition of MRVP and a party alliance has
been in power since 2004.
In the parliamentary elections on June 29, 2008, the Mongolian People's
Revolutionary Party won 50 and the Democratic Party of Mongolia 25 of the total
of 76 seats in parliament. As a result, the ruling People's Party was accused of
election fraud and fraud.
As a result, on July 2, 2008 serious clashes broke out in Ulan Bator, as a
result of which around 6 people died and even President Nambariin Enkhbayar
declared a state of emergency.
Despite rapid economic growth in 2008, over a third of the people at that time
were still living below the poverty line.