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The Raising of the Yurt (1)
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Of Yurts, and Uzbekistan

posted October 11, 2004

The Yurt is the traditional wood and felt dwelling of nomadic peoples in Uzbekistan and Mongolia (there called a Ger). The Friends of Dufferin Grove Park have been loaned a yurt from Uzbekistan by some of our friends who work with non-governmental organizations around the world.

From Lonely Planet World Guide: Uzbekistan Travel:
Full country name: Republic of Uzbekistan
Area: 447,400 sq km
Population: 25.98 million
People: 80% Uzbek, 5.5% Russian, 5% Tajik, 3% Kazakh, 2.5% Karakalpak, 1.5% Tatar
Language: Uzbek, Russian, Tajik
Religion: 88% Muslim (mostly Sunnis), 9% Eastern Orthodox
Government: republic
Head of State: President Islam Karimov

GDP: US$59.2 billion
GDP per capita: US$2,500
Annual Growth: 1%
Inflation: 40%
Major Industries: Textiles, food processing, machine building, metallurgy, natural gas, cotton, vegetables, fruits, grain, livestock
Major Trading Partners: Russia, Ukraine, Europe, CIS, Czech Republic

(From the website of OrexCA, "Your Ultimate Travel Guide in Central Asia":) You can stay at a Yurt Camp in Nurata for $35US per night, including food and a camel ride:

Yurt Camp in Nurata, Uzbekistan

The Raising of the Yurt (July, 2004)

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