Central Asia

Central Asia is a rugged, arid region, historically coveted for its position between and with the legendary Silk Route, rather than for its resources, although petroleum, natural gas and mineral reserves have become more important in modern times.

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has been the capital of since about 1776. Photo: SiarFisher, CC BY-SA 3.0.

is the largest of the states of the former Soviet Union apart from itself, and it dwarfs the other countries of Central Asia. Photo: Анддрей Касаткин, CC BY 2.0.

is a landlocked country of mountains and valleys in the heart of . Photo: afgmatters, CC BY 2.0.

has the largest population among all the Central Asian countries, and a heritage of the Silk Road. Photo: dalbera, CC BY 2.0.

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is a country in Central Asia. The government is in firm control of nearly everything, although, surprisingly, tourism is welcomed as long as you don't discuss politics or the omnipresent police or military. Photo: Rastapopulous, CC BY-SA 3.0.

, formally the Kyrgyz Republic, is a Central Asian country of incredible natural beauty and proud nomadic traditions. Photo: Wikimedia, CC0.

is a landlocked country on the ancient Silk Road in Central Asia. Photo: Wikimedia, CC BY-SA 3.0.

The , what once was the fourth largest inland body of water in the world, and now more aptly dubbed Aralkum, is in Central Asia, divided between and . Photo: Antonov14, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Central Asia

Latitude of center
45.4° or 45° 24' north
Longitude of center
67.6° or 67° 36' east

Also Known As

  • Achinese: Asia Teungöh
  • Afar: Orayliq Aziya
  • Afrikaans: Sentraal-Asië
  • Albanian: Azia Qendrore
  • Amharic: መካከለኛ እስያ
  • Arabic: Butnga nga Asya
  • Arabic: آسيا الوسطى
  • Aragonese: Asia Central
  • Armenian: Կեդրոնական Ասիա
  • Armenian: Կենտրոնական Ասիա
  • Arpitan: Asia centrâla
  • Asturian: Asia Central
  • Azerbaijani: Mərkəzi Asiya
  • Bashkir: Үҙәк Азия
  • Basque: Erdialdeko Asia
  • Belarusian: Цэнтральная Азія
  • Bengali: মধ্য এশিয়া
  • Bhojpuri: सेंट्रल एशिया
  • Bosnian: Srednja Azija
  • Breton: Azia ar C'hreiz
  • Bulgarian: Централна Азия
  • Burmese: အလယ်အာရှ
  • Catalan: Àsia Central
  • Central Kurdish: ئاسیای ناوەندی
  • Chechen: Юккъера Ази
  • Chinese: Tiong A-chiu
  • Chinese: 中亚
  • Chinese: 中亞
  • Chuvash: Тĕп Ази
  • Cornish: Asi Gres
  • Crimean Tatar: Orta Asiya
  • Croatian: Srednja Azija
  • Czech: Střední Asie
  • Danish: Centralasien
  • Dimli (individual language): Asya Miyanêne
  • Dutch: Centraal-Azië
  • Esperanto: Centra Azio
  • Estonian: Kesk-Aasia
  • Finnish: Keski-Aasia
  • French: Asie centrale
  • Galician: Asia Central
  • Georgian: ცენტრალური აზია
  • German: Mittelasien
  • German: Zentralasien
  • Greek: Κεντρική Ασία
  • Guarani: Mbyte Asia
  • Guarani: Mbyte Ásia
  • Hakka Chinese: Chûng-Â
  • Hausa: Chûng-Â
  • Hausa: Tsakiyar Asiya
  • Hebrew: מרכז אסיה
  • Hindi: मध्य एशिया
  • Hungarian: Közép-Ázsia
  • Icelandic: Mið-Asía
  • Iloko: Sentral nga Asia
  • Iloko: Tengnga nga Asia
  • Indonesian: Asia Tengah
  • Italian: Asia centrale
  • Japanese: 中央アジア
  • Javanese: Asia Tengah
  • Kannada: ಮಧ್ಯ ಏಶಿಯಾ
  • Kara-Kalpak: Orayliq Aziya
  • Kazakh: Орталық Азия
  • Khmer: អាស៊ីកណ្ដាល
  • Kirghiz: Орто Азия
  • Korean: 중앙아세아
  • Korean: 중앙아시아
  • Kurdish: Asyaya Navîn
  • Ladino: Asya Sentrala
  • Lao: Tengnga nga Asia
  • Latin: Media Asia
  • Latvian: Centrālāzija
  • Lezghian: Юкьван Азия
  • Limburgan: Centraal-Azië
  • Lingala: Azía ya Katikáti
  • Lingua Franca Nova: Asia sentral
  • Literary Chinese: 中亞
  • Lithuanian: Vidurinė Azija
  • Lombard: Asia Centrala
  • Luxembourgish: Zentralasien
  • Macedonian: Средна Азија
  • Maithili: मध्य एसिया
  • Malagasy: Azia Afovoany
  • Malay: Asia Tengah
  • Malayalam: മദ്ധ്യേഷ്യ
  • Marathi: मध्य आशिया
  • Min Nan Chinese: Tiong-a
  • Minangkabau: Asia Tangah
  • Mingrelian: ცენტრალური აზია
  • Mongolian: Дундад Ази
  • Mongolian: Төв Ази
  • Narom: Âsie du Mitan
  • Nepali: मध्य एसिया
  • Northern Frisian: Madelaasien
  • Norwegian: Sentral-Asia
  • Norwegian Bokmål: Sentral-Asia
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: Sentral-Asia
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: det sentrale Asia
  • Norwegian Nynorsk: sentrale Asia
  • Occitan (post 1500): Asia Centrala
  • Old English (ca. 450-1100): Middelasia
  • Oriya: ମଧ୍ୟ ଏସିଆ
  • Ossetian: Централон Ази
  • Panjabi: ਕੇਂਦਰੀ ਏਸ਼ੀਆ
  • Persian: آسیای مرکزی
  • Persian: آسیای میانه
  • Polish: Azja Środkowa
  • Portuguese: Ásia Central
  • Pushto: منځنۍ آسيا
  • Pushto: منځنۍ اسیا
  • Romanian: Asia Centrală
  • Russian: Средняя Азия
  • Russian: Центральная Азия
  • Rusyn: Середня Азия
  • Samogitian: Vėdorė Azėjė
  • Santali: ᱛᱟᱞᱢᱟ ᱮᱥᱤᱭᱟ
  • Sardinian: Ásia tzentrale
  • Serbian: Средња Азија
  • Serbian: Централна Азија
  • Serbo-Croatian: Srednja Azija
  • Sicilian: Asia cintrali
  • Sindhi: سينٽرل ايشيا
  • Sindhi: مرڪزي ايشيا
  • Sindhi: وچ ايشيا
  • Sindhi: وچواري ايشيا
  • Sinhala: මධ්‍යම ආසියාව
  • Slovak: Stredná Ázia
  • Slovenian: Srednja Azija
  • Somali: Aasiyada Dhexe
  • South Azerbaijani: اورتا آسیا
  • Spanish: Asia Central
  • Sundanese: Asia Tengah
  • Swahili: Asia ya Kati
  • Swedish: Centralasien
  • Tagalog: Gitnang Asya
  • Tajik: Осиёи Марказӣ
  • Tajik: Осиёи Миёна
  • Tamil: நடு ஆசியா
  • Tatar: Üzäk Asia
  • Tatar: Үзәк Азия
  • Telugu: మధ్య ఆసియా
  • Thai: เอเชียกลาง
  • Turkish: Orta Asya
  • Turkmen: Merkezi Aziýa
  • Uighur: ئوتتۇرا ئاسىيا
  • Ukrainian: Центральна Азія
  • Upper Sorbian: Centralna Azija
  • Upper Sorbian: Srjedźna Azija
  • Urdu: وسط ایشیا
  • Uzbek: Markaziy Osiyo
  • Uzbek: Oʻrta Osiyo
  • Vietnamese: Trung Á
  • Walloon: Mîtrinne Azeye
  • Waray (Philippines): Butnga nga Asya
  • Welsh: Canolbarth Asia
  • Western Armenian: Կեդրոնական Ասիա
  • Western Frisian: Sintraal-Aazje
  • Western Panjabi: وسطی ایشیا
  • Western Panjabi: وچکارلا ایشیا
  • Wolof: Diggu Asi
  • Wu Chinese: 中亞
  • Yakut: Киин Азия
  • Yakut: Орто Азия
  • Yoruba: Àrin Ásíà
  • Yue Chinese: 中亞
  • Asyaya Navendî
  • Середня Азія

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