Uzbekistan, Tashkent Cost of Living April 2010

Country Full Name: Uzbekistan.

Location: Uzbekistan is in Central Asia, north of Afghanistan.

Country Climate: Mostly midlatitude desert, long, hot summers, mild winters; semiarid grassland in east.

Country Terrain: Mostly flat-to-rolling sandy desert with dunes; broad, flat intensely irrigated river valleys along course of Amu Darya, Syr Darya (Sirdaryo), and Zarafshon; Fergana Valley in east surrounded by mountainous Tajikistan and Kyrgyzstan; shrinking Aral Sea in west.

Major Languages: Uzbek, Russian, Tajik.

Major Religions: Islam.

Country Population: 27.2 million (2008 est.) 27.7 million (2009 est.).

Country Economy: The economy of Uzbekistan relies mainly on commodity production, including cotton, gold, uranium, potassium, and natural gas. Despite the declared objective of transition to a market economy, Uzbekistan continues to maintain rigid economic controls, which often repel foreign investors. Agriculture employs 28% of Uzbekistan’s labour force and contributes 24% of its GDP.

Currency: Uzbekistan Som (UZS).

Country Inflation: 12.7% (2008 est.) 12.5% (2009 est.).

City: Tashkent is the capital of Uzbekistan and also of the Tashkent Province.

City Economy: Since 1991, the city has changed economically, culturally, and architecturally.

Cost of Living: Tashkent has an overall cost of living index which equates it with low cost of living locations. The overall cost of living index is comprised of the prices for defined quantities of the same goods and services across all 13 Basket Groups. Tashkent is currently ranked 261 overall, most expensive place in the world for expatriates to live, out of 282 international locations.

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