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    Mongolian Landscape in Khovd Province
    Mongolian Landscape with Clouds in Khovd Province, Mongolia.
    Image: Bernd Thaller
     
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    Location map of Mongolia
    Destination Mongolia, a large and sparsely populated, landlocked country in eastern Asia south of Russia and north of China, east of Kazakhstan. The country is known as the "Land of the Eternal Blue Sky" and as the "Land of the Horse".

    The area of what is now Mongolia has been ruled by various nomadic empires for centuries. In 1206, Genghis Khan founded the Mongol Empire, and his grandson Kublai Khan conquered China to establish the Yuan dynasty.

    The roughly oval in shaped country covers an area of 1,564,100 km2, compared Mongolia is twice the size of Turkey or slightly smaller than Alaska.

    Mongolia has a population of just over 3 million people (2016), making it one of the least densely populated countries in the world. 95% of the population are ethnic Mongols, Kazakh, Turkic peoples, Chinese and Russians make up the remaining population. Capital and and largest city is Ulaanbaatar (pop.: 1 million). Official language is Mongolian, a language written in Cyrillic and in the traditional Mongolian script.



    Mongolia | Mongol Uls


    Country Profile



    Background:
    Long a province of China, Mongolia won its independence in 1921 with Soviet backing. A communist regime was installed in 1924. During the early 1990s, the ex-communist Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP) gradually yielded its monopoly on power. In 1996, the Democratic Union Coalition (DUC) defeated the MPRP in a national election. Over the next four years the Coalition implemented a number of key reforms to modernize the economy and institutionalize democratic reforms. However, the former communists were a strong opposition that stalled additional reforms and made implementation difficult. In 2000, the MPRP won 72 of the 76 seats in Parliament and completely reshuffled the government. While it continues many of the reform policies, the MPRP is focusing on social welfare and public order priorities.
    (Source: CIA - The World Factbook)

    border countries: China, Russia

     

    Official Name:
    Mongol Uls
    int'l form: Mongolia
    former: Outer Mongolia

    ISO Country Code: mn

    Time:
    Local Time = UTC +8h
    Actual Time: Sat-Nov-21  01:47
    DST March - September (UTC +9h).

    Country Calling Code: +976

    Capital City: Ulaanbaatar, (Ulan Bator) founded in 1639 (pop. 1 million)

    Other Cities: Darkhan (95 000 inhabitants) and Erdenet (74 000 inhabitants)

    Government:
    Type: Parliamentary Republic.
    Independence: gained in 1921; in 1990, democratic reform begun and shift from dependence on the former Soviet Union declared.
    Constitutions: 1960 and 12 February 1992.

    Geography:
    Location: Northern Asia, between China and Russia.
    Area: 1,564,100 km2 (603,863 sq. mi.); Terrain: vast semidesert and desert plains, grassy steppe, mountains in west and southwest; Gobi Desert in south-central; almost 90% of land area is pasture or desert, of varying usefulness; 1% arable; 9% forested.

    Climate: Sharp continental, marked by four seasons. Average summer temperature +17'C, average winter temperature -26'C.

    People:
    Nationality: Mongolian(s).
    Population: 3 million (2016)
    Ethnic groups: 85% Mongol (predominantly Khalkha), 7% Turkic (largest group, Kazakh) 4.6% Tungusic, and 3.4% others, including Chinese and Russian.
    Languages: Mongolian, Kazakh, Russian, and English.
    Religions: Tibetan Buddhist Lamaism 94%, Muslim 6% (primarily in the southwest), and Shamanism.
    Literacy: 90%.

    Natural resources: Oil, coal, copper, molybdenum, tungsten, phosphates, tin, nickel, zinc, fluorspar, gold, silver, iron.

    Agriculture products: Wheat, barley, vegetables, forage crops, sheep, goats, cattle, camels, horses.

    Industries: Construction and construction materials; mining (coal, copper, molybdenum, fluorspar, and gold); oil; food and beverages; processing of animal products, cashmere and natural fiber manufacturing.

    Exports - commodities: copper, apparel, livestock, animal products, cashmere, wool, hides, fluorspar, other nonferrous metals, coal, crude oil

    Exports - partners: China 84%, Switzerland 9% (2015)

    Imports - commodities: machinery and equipment, fuel, cars, food products, industrial consumer goods, chemicals, building materials, cigarettes and tobacco, appliances, soap and detergent

    Imports - partners: China 39.9%, Russia 28.4%, Japan 6.4%, South Korea 6.2% (2015)

    Currency: Togrog/Tugrik (MNT)

    Mongolia in Figures
    Mongolia key statistical data.
     
    Government Palace in Ulaanbaatar
    South Side of the Government Palace in Ulaanbaatar on Chinggis Square. The palace houses the parliament of Mongolia (State Great Khural) and offices of the President and the Prime Minister.
    Image: Marco Fieber

    Political system
    Mongolia shed its one-party system in 1990. Today the country is a semi-presidential representative democratic republic with a multi-party system. Executive power is exercised by the President and the Government.
    Chief of state is the president, he has mostly a ceremonial role. Head of the government is the prime minister, elected by the parliament (State Great Khural).


    Official Sites of Mongolia

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    Mongolia
    The Government of Mongolia Home Page.

    Mongolia Presidency
    Official site of the president of Mongolia.

    Mongolia Parliament
    Official site of the State Great Hural (Parliament) of Mongolia.

    Government Organizations of Mongolia
    Index of Governments Organizations.


    Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mongolia
    Official site of the Ministry.

    Diplomatic Missions
    Permanent Mission of Mongolia to the United Nations
    Mongolia's representation to the UN.
    Embassy of Mongolia in the U.S.
    The Embassy at Washington, D.C.
    Diplomatic Missions
    Address list of Missions of Mongolia abroad and Foreign Missions to Mongolia.


    Statistics
    National Statistics Office
    Mongolia in figures.


    Maps

    profile Map of Mongolia
    Political map of Mongolia.
    Google Earth Google Earth Mongolia
    Searchable map and satellite view of Mongolia.
    Google Earth Google Earth Ulaanbaatar
    Searchable map and satellite view of Mongolia's capital city.

    Map of East Asia
    Political map of East Asia.
    profile Reference Map of Asia
    Political map of Asia.
     

    News


    Montsame
    Mongolia's National News Agency.

    UB POST
    Mongolian independent English weekly newspaper.
     

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    Shaman awas, Ulaanbaatar
    Shaman awas (ovoo), grouped at the outskirts of Ulaanbaatar. This is a gathering place for traditional rites and ceremonies of an ancient way of life.
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    Arts & Culture


    Art Council of Mongolia
    Advocates and supports the sustainable development of Mongolian arts and culture.
    Culture Center of the Northern Asian First Peoples' Art
    For foreigner's & our first people's information, founded '96 in Ulan -Ude (Buryatia, Russia).
    Khoomii
    Throat singing is Mongolia's invaluable contribution to world.
    Mongol Art
    Designed to promote global interest and understanding of Mongolian arts and culture.
    Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan
    Site of the presentation of Mongolian art at Asian Art Museum San Francisco.

    Mongolian Traditional Archery
    Information about the art of the bow.
    National Costumes of the Mongolian People's Republic
    History and tradition of Mongolian Costumes.
    The Realm of The Mongols
    Dedicated to the philosophical and spiritual legacy of the Old Mongols, and to the memory of Chingis Khan.
     
    Little Mongol Warrior
    Little Mongol Warrior
    © mongoliatourism.gov.mn
     

    Business & Economy

    Mongolia's economy has traditionally been based on agriculture and livestock. The country has rich mineral deposits of gold, coal, copper, molybdenum, fluorspar, uranium, tin and tungsten. Mining is important to the national economy of Mongolia.

    Bank of Mongolia
    Central Bank of Mongolia.
    Mongolian Stock Exchange
    Mongolia's sole stock exchange is located in Ulaanbaatar.
    Mongolian National Chamber of Commerce and Industry
    Trade Promotion Organization in Mongolia (Member Organizations), founded in 1960.
    Invest Mongolia Agency
    Government agency to promote investment in Mongolia.


    Products of Mongolia

    Petroleum Authority of Mongolia
    Governmental organization responsible for the exploration, protection, production, processing, transportation, storage and marketing of petroleum in Mongolia.

    Ulaanbaatar carpet
    Hand- and machine -made Mongolian carpets.


    ___Transportation

    Airline
    MIAT Mongolian Airlines
    Serves destinations in Germany, Russia, and south east Asia.

    Rail
    Mongolian Railway
    Official site.

    Trans-Mongolian Railway
    Trans-Mongolian Route Description.
     
    City of Ulaanabaatar; Mongolia
    Ulaanabaatar
    © mongoliatourism.gov.mn
    Naadam Festival in Mongolia's Khovd Province
    Rainbow in Mongolia during Naadam Festival in Mongolia's Khovd Province.
    Image: Bernd Thaller

    Travel and Tour Consumer Information


    Destination Mongolia - Travel and Tour Guides


    Discover Mongolia: Ulaanbaatar (capital city, ), Mongol Altai (mountains) Gobi Desert (desert), Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park (Gobi three beauties nature complex); Khongoryn Els (Singing Sands, 1000 km2 of sand dunes); Nayramadlin Orgil (Kh├╝iten Peak at Tavan Bogd, highest mountain in the country at 4,374 m); Lake Kh?vsg?l (largest fresh water lake in Mongolia), Karakorum (13th century capital of Chingis Khan, monastery, part of the Orkhon Valley Cultural Landscape); Naadam Festival (Mongol style fun: wrestling, horse racing, archery),

    Find accommodation, hotels, adventure travel, attractions, festivals, events, tourist boards, tours and much more.


    Mongolia - Nomadic by Nature
    Official tourism information about Mongolia by the Ministry of Environment, Green Development and Tourism.

    Mongolia photo
    Photo gallery with high quality pictures of Mongolia.
    Mongoluls.net
    A Mongolia portal provides information on Mongolian traditions and culture, geography and much more.
    Virtual Mongolia
    Mongolia Traveler Magazine.
    Visit Mongolia
    A travel and tourism guide to Mongolia.

    City-Guide
    Ulaanbaatour
    Official tourism website of Mongolia's capital city.

    Tour Operators
    Black Ibex Expeditions
    A specialist tour operator located in Ulaanbaatar.
    Discover Mongolia
    Mongolia Guide including a Photo Gallery.
    Gobi Expeditions Mongolia
    Adventure Travel company based in Ulaanbaatar offers a wide range of activities throughout the country.
    Mongolian Adventure Tours
    All-inclusive and mini-package tour services.
    Visit Mongolia
    Tourist company with information on Mongolia.


    20 facts about Mongolia - by Discover Mongolia Travel
     
    Ger with Gurvan Saikhan Mountains
    Yurt (ger) with the Gurvan Saikhan Mountains in background.
    Image: Adagio

    Ger/yourts
    Gers are the traditional tents of the nomads.
    © mongoliatourism.gov.mn

    Nomad family
    Nomad family
    © mongoliatourism.gov.mn 


    Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbaatar
    Choijin Lama Temple Museum in Ulaanbaatar.
    Image: Zazaa Mongolia

    Education


    National University of Mongolia (NUM)
    NUM is the country's oldest and only comprehensive university and a leading center of sciences, education and culture, stablished on 5 October 1942.
     
     
    Khongoryn Els sand dunes
    Khongoryn Els sand dunes also known as 'singing sands' in the Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.
    Image: Sarah Lachise

    Environment & Nature


    Mongolian Biodiversity & Ecological Studies
    The mission of the Institute for Mongolian Biodiversity and Ecological Studies is to stimulate and help coordinate biodiversity and ecological research in Mongolia.

    Mongolian Nature and Environment Consortium 
    An alliance of 14 nature and environment conservation research institutes, centers and NGOs of Mongolia.
     
     
    Stupas at Erdene Zuu monastery in Karakorum
    Stupas around Erdene Zuu monastery in Karakorum.
    Image: Aloxe

    History


    Brief History of Mongolia
    Mongolia's history from the ancient periods unil today.
    History of Mongolia
    Information on various periods of Mongolia's History.
    History of Buryatia (Ar Mongol)
    Buryat Mongols are significant minorities in Mongolia and Inner Mongolia.
    Historical Path of Mongolia's Statehood and Independence
    Mongolian history of the 20th century.
    The Mongol Empire
    More about the largest empire in human history.
    The Mongol Khâns
    History of Mongolia and the Khans.
    Mongols
    Wikipedia entry about the the Mongols and the Mongol Empire.

    Chinese Dynasties
    Timeline of Chinese Imperial and Modern Dynasties.

     
     

    Sources and additional Information on Mongolia


    Amnesty International: Mongolia

    BBC Country Profile: Mongolia

    The Center for the Study of Eurasian Nomads (CSEN)
    Nomadic cultures who lived in, or are currently living in Eurasia.

    Eurasianet: Mongolia

    FAO: Mongolia

    GlobalEDGE: Mongolia

    The Heritage Foundation: Mongolia

    Human Rights Watch: Mongolia

    Infosystem Mongolia
    An Internet-based Journal on Mongolian Affairs, stablished in November 1993 as the first information base on Mongolia in the Internet.

    OEC: Mongolia

    Reporters Without Borders: Mongolia

    The United Nations in Mongolia

    Wikipedia: Mongolia

    The World Factbook -- Mongolia
     
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