Mongolia

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A Closer Look at... Mongolia
OFFICIAL NAME
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Mongolia
GEOGRAPHY
  Vast semi-desert and desert plains, grassy steppe, mountains in west and southwest; Gobi Desert in south-central; landlocked between C hina and Russia
AREA
  1,566,500 sq km / 604,633 sq miles
COMPARATIVE
  Slightly smaller than Alaska
POPULATION
  2,694,432
CAPITAL
  Ulaanbaatar
LITERACY
  98% (age 15+ and can read and write)
LANGUAGE
 

Official: Mongolian
Other:
C hinese and Russian

RELIGION
 

Tibetan Buddhist Lamaism - 96%
Christian - 2%
Other - 2% ... includes Muslim (primarily in the southwest) and Shamanism combined.

POLITICS
  Won independence from C hina in 1921; parliamentary government with President elected for 4 years.
INCOME
  Per capita income = US$ 590 per year
CURRENCY
  Tugrik (Tug)
TIME ZONES
  GMT/UTC +8 and GMT/UTC +7
SOURCES
  Statistics provided by a variety of sources, but mostly the U.S. State Department, the U.N. Statistics Division, and BBC News.

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