English Site French Site Spanish Site Russian Site Arabic Site Chinese Site OHCHR header
Make a donation to OHCHR

 Universal Declaration of Human Rights

PDF version for the language Kyrgyz
PDF Version


Source: Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations Office in Geneva


Native Name

Total Speakers

Usage By Country
Official Language: Kyrgystan Home Speakers: Kazakhstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, China and Afghanistan

Kyrgyz is spoken principally in the Kyrgyz Republic, which borders on China. Like Turkmen, Uzbek, and Kazakh, it is one of the Turkic languages, belonging to the Altaic family of languages (Kipchak branch). Kyrgyz was written in the Arabic script until 1928 when the Latin alphabet was introduced, which in turn was replaced by the Cyrillic in 1940. The names 'Eastern Kyrgyz' and 'Western Kyrgyz' have been erroneously applied to Kazakh.

Received 10/26/1998
Posted 10/26/1998
Checked 11/12/1998