Noted for its special business district established to develop small to large enterprises, Tashkent is the capital city for the Republic of Uzbekistan–a landlocked country in Central Asia.
Tashkent, Uzbekistan is in the Guinness World Records for having the oldest Koran, specifically the Holy Koran Mushaf of Othman owned by the Muslim Board of Uzbekistan. That Koran once belonged to Caliph Othman (c.AD 588-656) third successor to the Prophet Mohammed. Today about half of the original 706 pages survive.
Uzbekistan exported an estimated US$7 billion worth of goods in 2016. Uzbekistan’s highest-value exports are gold, petroleum gas, raw cotton, cotton yard, inorganic chemicals, copper, copper wire and grapes according to the International Trade Centre.
Capital Facts for Tashkent, Uzbekistan: Quick Reference
Capital landmarks: Independence Square (Mustakillik Square), Chorsu Bazaar and Uzbekistan State Museum of Applied Art
Below, you will find 10 of the most famous people born in Tashkent, Uzbekistan:
- Milana Vayntrub, actress (born Mar. 8, 1987)
- Timur Ibragimov, heavyweight boxing champion (born Jan. 15, 1975)
- Rita Volk, actress (born Sep. 3, 1990)
- Svetlana Radzivil, champion high jumper (born Jan. 17, 1987)
- Oksana Chusovitina, Olympic gymnast (born Jun. 19, 1975)
- Natasha Alam, actress (born Mar. 10, 1983)
- Vladimir Lebedev, Olympic skiing bronze medalist (born Apr. 23, 1984)
- Asal Shodiyeva, actress (born Apr. 6, 1992)
- Sanjar Zokirov, Olympic judo competitor (born Jan. 6, 1983)
- Anastasiya Svechnikova, Olympic javelin thrower (born Sep. 20, 1992)
Note: Data for our Famous People tab was sourced from Google searches mostly targeting published Wikipedia articles specific to each person’s name.
Demonym for a Uzbekistan resident: Uzbek
Population: 1,978,028 (Tashkent city)
Density: 15,298 people per square mile (5,907 per square kilometer)
Population: 2,785,000 (Tashkent built-up urban area)
Density: 6,711 people per square mile (2,591 per square kilometer)
Population: 29,473,614 (Uzbekistan)
Density: 179 people per square mile (69 per square kilometer)
GDP: US$202.3 billion as of October 2016 (for Uzbekistan, per WorldsRichestCountries.com)
GDP per person: $6,864
Note: The above country-level GDP metrics are on a Purchasing Power Parity basis and are in U.S. dollars. Credible city GDP statistics for Tashkent were unavailable.
Official currency used in Tashkent: Uzbekistani som
Brookings Institution, Global Metro Monitor Report (includes GDP data). Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Central Asia: Uzbekistan. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Central Intelligence Agency, World Factbook, Field Listing: Major Urban Areas. Accessed on February 14, 2017
CityMetric, Where are largest cities in the world? 2015 edition. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Demographia, World Urban Area, 12th Annual Edition. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Guinness World Records, Oldest Koran. Accessed on February 14, 2017
International Trade Centre, Trade Map. Accessed on August 1, 2017
Official Government Website, Tashkent city municipality. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikimedia Commons, City Flags. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Note: Some city flags were unavailable. If so, attribution belongs to Wikimedia Commons for pertinent country flags.
Wikipedia, Tashkent. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Tashkent Region. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Wikipedia, Uzbekistan. Accessed on February 14, 2017
World Population Review, Uzbekistan Population 2016. Accessed on February 14, 2017
Tashkent city occupies 129 square miles (335 square kilometers), within which live an estimated 2 million people.
Including city proper, Tashkent’s built-up urban area encompasses 415 square miles (1,075 square kilometers) which serves as home for approximately 2.8 million inhabitants.
Tashkent city also serves as capital for the much larger Tashkent Region, a vast expanse comprised of 15 administrative districts which expand over a total 5,900 square miles (15,300 square kilometers).
At the country level, Uzbekistan’s land area covers 164,248 square miles (425,400 square kilometers). The national population count was 29.5 million inhabitants as of July 2016.
Population density is much higher within Uzbekistan’s capital city with an average 15,300 Uzbeks per square mile (5,900 per square kilometer).
Density diminishes to an average 6,700 people per square mile (2,600 per square kilometer) when Tashkent’s built-up urban area is factored in.
For Uzbekistan overall, population density drops to an average 179 inhabitants per square mile (69 per square kilometer).
Uzbekistan obtained freedom from the Soviet Union on September 1, 1991. Residents celebrate Independence Day each September 1.