(Kyrgyz and Russian: Кыргызстан, variously transliterated), officially the
Kyrgyz Republic, is a country in Central Asia. Landlocked and mountainous,
it borders Kazakhstan to the north, Uzbekistan to the west, Tajikistan to
the southwest and the People's Republic of China to the southeast. Kyrgyzstan
means the "Land of the Kyrgyz". The country is also occasionally called "the
Switzerland of Central Asia".