A mosque in Naryn
|Highest point||5982 m|
|Area||45,200 km2 (17,452 sq mi)|
|Density||6 / km2 (16 / sq mi)|
Naryn Province (Kyrgyz: Нарын областы) is the largest province (oblast) of Kyrgyzstan. Its capital is Naryn. The province was established on November 21, 1939 as Tien-Shan Province. On December 20, 1962 the province was dissolved, but on December 11, 1970 re-established again. On October 5, 1988 it was unified with Issyk-Kul Province, and, finally, on December 14, 1990 it got back its present name: Naryn Province.
The population of Naryn oblast is 99% Kyrgyz. The economy is dominated by animal herding (sheep, horses, yaks), with wool and meat as the main products. Mining of various minerals developed during the Soviet era has largely been abandoned as uneconomical. Today the oblast is considered to be the poorest region in the country, but also the most typically Kirgyz. It boasts beautiful mountains, alpine pastures and Son-Kul Lake which during summer months attracts large herds of sheep and horses with their herders and their yurts.
As of 2009, Naryn Province contained 1town, 2 urban-type settlements, and 134 villages. Its population, according to the Population and Housing Census of 2009 amounted to 245.3 thousand (enumerated de facto population) or 257.8 thousand (de jure population).
|Historical populations in Naryn Province|
|Note: de jure population; Source:|
According to the 2009 Census, the ethnic composition of the Naryn Province (de jure population) was:
|Ethnic group||Population||Proportion of Naryn Province population|
Naryn Province is divided administratively into 5 districts 
Laurnnce Mitchell, Kyrgyzstan, Bradt Travel Guides, 2008
||Chuy Province||Issyk Kul Province|
|Osh Province||Xinjiang, China|
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