Universal Declaration of Human Rights
Source: Permanent Mission of the Kyrgyz Republic to the United Nations Office in Geneva
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.