2,450,000 in Kyrgyzstan (1993 UBS). Population total all countries: 2,941,930.
Widespread. Also in Afghanistan, China, Kazakhstan, Russian Federation, Tajikistan, Turkey, United States, Uzbekistan.
1 (National). Statutory national language (2010, Constitution, Art 10(1)).
Northern Kyrgyz, Southern Kyrgyz.
L1 for 98% of Kyrgyz. The Ichkilik are a Kyrgyz-speaking people of non-Kyrgyz origin. Some also use Russian [rus].
The names Eastern Kyrghyz and Western Kyrghyz have been erroneously applied to Kazakh. Increasing education. Muslim (Sunni), Buddhist (Lamaist).