Basic Facts Made Interesting
- Population: 2.6 million. It's said that sheep outnumber people in Mongolia eight to one! Overall, livestock outnumbers human beings by 12 to 1.
- Territory: 1.6 million km2. It's ranked as the 6th largest country in Asia, larger than the overall combined territory of UK, France, Germany and Italy.
- Food: Mutton (sheep) is the national dish. There was one vegeterian person in Mongolia, and they wrote about him in the papers as if he were Big Foot :-)
- Language: Mongolian. It belongs to the Altaic family of languages which includes Finnish, Turkish, Kazak, Uzbek and Korean. We adopted Cyrillic script from Russians in 1940's. Before that we used traditional Mongolian script. See the old and new script.
Mongolia in Popular Culture