Uzbekistan - the former Soviet republic is located in the desert regions of
In the country, which is around 20% larger than Germany, the oriental culture
has left its most important mark. The legendary Silk Road to China once ran
The most famous cities of Uzbekistan, Samarkant, Bukhara and Khiva owe their
existence and splendor to this ancient trade route. They are the most attractive
tourist destinations in Uzbekistan today.
The name of the country goes back to the Uzbek people and is derived from the
Mongolian Khan Özbeg, who united a number of Turkic tribes under his rule in the
14th century, from which the Uzbek people emerged.
Interesting note In
July 2016, an employee of Goruma was in the country with a friend for a few
weeks. Their experiences there are remarkable and worth mentioning:
According to the two of them, they encountered an almost otherwise unknown
friendliness and huge interest. Since both of them can hardly speak Russian and
most of the Uzbeks hardly speak a foreign language, there were unfortunately
One taxi driver did not want to accept any money, another stopped at an ice
cream stand to buy them an ice cream. And several times they were invited to eat
in restaurants by the guests there. You had never been intrusive or approached,
the interest was in the guest and the German.
By the way, taxis are dirt cheap here and available everywhere. In addition, the
people here live a moderate and tolerant Islam.
|Name of the country
||Republic of Uzbekistan
|Form of government
||Serquyash, hur olkam, elga bakht najat
||approximately 31.6 million (Credit:
||75% Uzbeks, 5% Russians, 5% Tajiks, 4% Tatars, 3% Kazakhs as well as Karakalpaks, Kyrgyz, Turkmen, Koreans, Ukrainians,
Armenians and around 5,000 of German descent.
||88% Islam (mostly Sunnis), also Christians, Jews, Buddhists,
followers of Bahaism and the teachings of Krishna.
||Uzbek and Russian
||Tashkent with about 2.4 million residents
||Manas at 4,488 m
||Amu (Amu Darya) with a length of 2,540 km
|Largest lake in area
||The Aral Sea, which has meanwhile disintegrated into three parts,
has a total area of around 8,500 km²
|International license plate
||Sum = 100 tiyin
|Time difference to CET
||+ 4 h
|International phone code
||220 volts, 50 hertz
|Internet TLD (Top Level Domain)
Uzbekistan until around the year 1000
In ancient times, nomads and oasis farmers shaped what is now Uzbekistan.
Abbreviationfinder website, Greek influences came through the Alexander empire in the 4th century BC. BC
to Uzbekistan, Buddhist influences again due to the famous Silk Road,
the most important land route between Europe and the Middle East to East Asia
and also due to the proximity to India.
After the Arab wars of conquest, Islam prevailed in Uzbekistan from the
beginning of the 8th century. After the victory of the Arab-Persian Caliphate
over the Chinese in 751, the area finally belonged to the Islamic world. The
following period was determined by the Samanids in Bukhara (819 to 1005), a
dynasty that belonged to the Arab-Persian caliphate.
Uzbekistan from the year 1000 to the 16th century
From 999 Turkish khans ruled Bukhara.
From 1040 the Seljuks resettled in Khorassan.
With the defeat of the Seljuk Sultan Sandjars (r. 1118 - 1157) in 1141 near
Samarkand, the Khorezm Shahs determined politics.
In 1220 the Mongols invaded the country. Despite many rivalries among the
tribes, the era before the Mongol storm was considered to be culturally very
advanced, with flourishing cities and extensive trade.
The Mongol period shattered the country. The last of these Mongol rulers was
Timur Lenk (Tamerlan) (ruled 1370-1405), who generously
supported Bukhara and Samarkand with money, artists and craftsmen from foreign
countries. His works can still be admired today. After him, his grandson Ulug
Beg ruled, under whom the country flourished.
The Uzbeks themselves were originally a Turkic people with common roots with
the Kazakhs. Together they came from (West) Siberia. Her name is derived from
Abu'I-Chair's grandson Mohammed Scheibani founded the Uzbek Empire and
conquered Bukhara and Samarkand from the descendants of Timur Lenk in 1500. But
only the victory over Babur near Gajdiwan/Bukhara in 1512 secured the Uzbeks
possession of the land between the rivers Amu-darja and Syr-darja, the north
remained with the allied Kazakhs.
In the 16th century, the economy, architecture and painting flourished.
The Uzbek Empire benefited from the caravans in the 16th century. In the long
run, however, the Uzbeks were cut off from developing world trade. There were
also internal problems. Abdullah (II.) (R. 1556/83 - 1598) was not only a great
builder, but also an Orthodox Muslim who ushered in a period of intellectual
Uzbekistan in the 17th to 19th centuries
In the second half of the 17th century, the country flourished again under
the princes of the Janid dynasty from Astrakhan.
In the 19th century it got into the conflicts of interest
of England and Russia. Russia eventually gained colonial rule
over Uzbekistan. In 1868 Russian supremacy had to be recognized.
While the Emirate of Bukhara and the Khiva Khanate had to cede territories to
Russia, but were able to remain as independent states under the Russian
protectorate, the third state previously existing on the territory of today's
Uzbekistan, the Kokand Khanate, was completely annexed by the Russian tsar. The
General Government of Turkestan was formed from the areas in Central Asia
conquered under Russian rule.
As the capital, Tashkent became the administrative and economic center of
20th century until today
After the revolution of 1917, the Bolsheviks took power in Tashkent as well
as in the Russian heartland, and in 1918 the former General Government of
Turkestan became the Turkestan Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Turkestan
In 1920, with the support of the Bolsheviks, the rulers of the Khiva Khanate
and the Bukhara Emirate were overthrown, the People's Republic of Khorezmia and
the People's Republic of Bukhara were proclaimed and cooperation agreements were
signed with the USSR.
In 1924/1925 the Soviet republics in Central Asia were restructured and all
three of the above-mentioned state structures were dissolved. The Uzbek Soviet
Socialist Republic (Uzbek SSR) was formed from parts of all three areas and
became a member of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics in 1925.
Tajikistan, which was initially an Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic
within the Uzbek SSR, was separated from Uzbekistan in 1929 as an independent
Tajik SSR. The Karakalpak Autonomous Soviet Socialist Republic (Karakalpak
ASSR), which was initially part of the USSR, was incorporated into Uzbekistan in
In 1991 Uzbekistan was declared independent and the economy recapitalized. In
the 1990s there were repeated nationality conflicts in the Fergana Valley in the
east of the country and conflicts with Islamic fundamentalists. The president
exercises an authoritarian style of government.
In 1992 a democratic constitution was introduced that guarantees respect for
human rights, the separation of powers and other rights.
In 2001, Uzbekistan granted the Americans the right to station troops for the
Afghan war. Uzbekistan is successfully trying to deepen relations with Germany,
for example President Shavkat Mirziyoyev made a state visit to Berlin in January
2019 and Federal President Steinmeier in Uzbekistan in May of the same year.