Mongolia Population: 3,226,516

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 Background
The Mongols gained fame in the 13th century when under Chinggis KHAAN they established a huge Eurasian empire through conquest. After his death the empire was divided into several powerful Mongol states, but these broke apart in the 14th century. The Mongols eventually retired to their original steppe homelands and in the late 17th century came under Chinese rule. Mongolia won its independence in 1921 with Soviet backing and a communist regime was installed in 1924. The modern country of Mongolia, however, represents only part of the Mongols' historical homeland; more ethnic Mongolians live in the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region in the People's Republic of China than in Mongolia. Following a peaceful democratic revolution, the ex-communist Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party (MPRP) won elections in 1990 and 1992, but was defeated by the Democratic Union Coalition (DUC) in the 1996 parliamentary election. The MPRP won an overwhelming majority in the 2000 parliamentary election, but the party lost seats in the 2004 election and shared power with democratic coalition parties from 2004-08. The MPRP regained a solid majority in the 2008 parliamentary elections but nevertheless formed a coalition government with the Democratic Party that lasted until January 2012. In 2009, current President ELBEGDORJ of the Democratic Party was elected to office. In 2010, the MPRP voted to retake the name of the Mongolian People's Party (MPP), a name it used in the early 1920s. Shortly thereafter, a new party was formed by former president ENKHBAYAR, which adopted the MPRP name. In the 2012 Parliamentary elections, a coalition of four political parties led by the Democratic Party, gained control of the Parliament.

 Geography
Landlocked; strategic location between China and Russia
Location: Northern Asia, between China and Russia
Geographic coordinates: 46 00 N, 105 00 E
Area: total: 1,564,116 sq km land: 1,553,556 sq km water: 10,560 sq km

Size comparison: slightly smaller than Alaska
Land Boundaries: total: 8,220 km border countries: China 4,677 km, Russia 3,543 km
Coastline: 0 km (landlocked)
Maritime claims: none (landlocked)
Climate: desert; continental (large daily and seasonal temperature ranges)
Terrain: vast semidesert and desert plains, grassy steppe, mountains in west and southwest; Gobi Desert in south-central
Elevation extremes: lowest point: Hoh Nuur 560 m highest point: Nayramadlin Orgil (Huyten Orgil) 4,374 m
Natural resources: oil, coal, copper, molybdenum, tungsten, phosphates, tin, nickel, zinc, fluorspar, gold, silver, iron
Land use: arable land: 0.39% permanent crops: 0% other: 99.61% (2011)
Irrigated land: 843 sq km (2003)
Natural hazards: dust storms; grassland and forest fires; drought; "zud," which is harsh winter conditions
Current Environment Issues: limited natural freshwater resources in some areas; the policies of former Communist regimes promoted rapid urbanization and industrial growth that had negative effects on the environment; the burning of soft coal in power plants and the lack of enforcement of environmental laws severely polluted the air in Ulaanbaatar; deforestation, overgrazing, and the converting of virgin land to agricultural production increased soil erosion from wind and rain; desertification and mining activities had a deleterious effect on the environment
International Environment Agreements: party to: Biodiversity, Climate Change, Climate Change-Kyoto Protocol, Desertification, Endangered Species, Environmental Modification, Hazardous Wastes, Law of the Sea, Ozone Layer Protection, Ship Pollution, Wetlands, Whaling signed, but not ratified: none of the selected agreements
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 People
Nationality: noun: Mongolian(s) adjective: Mongolian
Ethnic groups: Mongol (mostly Khalkha) 94.9%, Turkic (mostly Kazakh) 5%, other (including Chinese and Russian) 0.1% (2000)
Languages: Khalkha Mongol 90% (official), Turkic, Russian (1999)
Religions: Buddhist Lamaist 50%, Shamanist and Christian 6%, Muslim 4%, none 40% (2004)
Population: 3,226,516 (July 2013 est.)
Age structure: 0-14 years: 26.9% (male 442,850/female 425,017) 15-24 years: 19% (male 311,460/female 302,286) 25-54 years: 44.5% (male 716,893/female 719,508) 55-64 years: 5.5% (male 85,545/female 93,234) 65 years and over: 4% (male 56,241/female 73,482) (2013 est.)
Dependency ratios: total dependency ratio: 45.1 % youth dependency ratio: 39.6 % elderly dependency ratio: 5.5 % potential support ratio: 18.1 (2013)
Median age: total: 26.9 years
male: 26.5 years female: 27.3 years (2013 est.)
Population growth rate: 1.44% (2013 est.)
Birth rate: 20.34 births/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Death rate: 5.98 deaths/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Net migration rate: 0 migrant(s)/1,000 population (2013 est.)
Urbanization: urban population: 68.5% of total population (2011) rate of urbanization: 2.81% annual rate of change (2010-15 est.)
Major urban areas - population: ULAANBAATAR (capital) 949,000 (2009)
Sex ratio: at birth: 1.05 male(s)/female 0-14 years: 1.04 male(s)/female 15-24 years: 1.03 male(s)/female 25-54 years: 1 male(s)/female 55-64 years: 0.92 male(s)/female 65 years and over: 0.77 male(s)/female total population: 1 male(s)/female (2013 est.)
Maternal mortality rate: 63 deaths/100,000 live births (2010)
Infant mortality rate: total: 34.78 deaths/1,000 live births
male: 37.66 deaths/1,000 live births female: 31.76 deaths/1,000 live births (2013 est.)
Life expectancy at birth: total population: 68.95 years
male: 66.46 years female: 71.56 years (2013 est.)
Total fertility rate: 2.18 children born/woman (2013 est.)
Contraceptive prevalence rate: 55% (2010)
Health expenditures: 5.4% of GDP (2010)
Physicians density: 2.76 physicians/1,000 population (2008)
Hospital bed density: 5.8 beds/1,000 population (2010)
Drinking water source: improved: urban: 100% of population rural: 53% of population total: 82% of population unimproved: urban: 0% of population rural: 47% of population total: 18% of population (2010 est.)
Sanitation facility access: improved: urban: 64% of population rural: 29% of population total: 51% of population unimproved: urban: 36% of population rural: 71% of population total: 49% of population (2010 est.)
HIV/AIDS - adult prevalence rate: less than 0.1% (2009 est.)
HIV/AIDS - people living with HIV/AIDS: fewer than 500 (2009 est.)
HIV/AIDS - deaths: fewer than 100 (2009 est.)
Obesity - adult prevalence rate: 14.4% (2008)
Children under the age of 5 years underweight: 5.3% (2005)
Education expenditures: 5.5% of GDP (2011)
Literacy: definition: age 15 and over can read and write
total population: 97.4% male: 96.8% female: 97.9% (2011 est.)
School life expectancy (primary to tertiary education): total: 14 years
male: 14 years female: 15 years (2011)
Unemployment, youth ages 15-24: total: 20%
male: 19.5% female: 20.7% (2003)
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 Government
Country name: conventional long form: none conventional short form: Mongolia local long form: none local short form: Mongol Uls former: Outer Mongolia
Government type: parliamentary
Capital: name: Ulaanbaatar geographic coordinates: 47 55 N, 106 55 E time difference: UTC+8 (13 hours ahead of Washington, DC during Standard Time)
Administrative divisions: 21 provinces (aymguud, singular - aymag) and 1 municipality* (singular - hot); Arhangay, Bayanhongor, Bayan-Olgiy, Bulgan, Darhan-Uul, Dornod, Dornogovi, Dundgovi, Dzavhan (Zavkhan), Govi-Altay, Govisumber, Hentiy, Hovd, Hovsgol, Omnogovi, Orhon, Ovorhangay, Selenge, Suhbaatar, Tov, Ulaanbaatar*, Uvs
Independence: 11 July 1921 (from China)
National holiday: Independence Day/Revolution Day, 11 July (1921)
Constitution: 13 January 1992
Legal system: civil law system influenced by Soviet and Romano-Germanic legal systems; constitution ambiguous on judicial review of legislative acts
Suffrage: 18 years of age; universal
Executive branch: chief of state: President Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ (since 18 June 2009) head of government: Prime Minister Norov ALTANKHUYAG (since 9 August 2012); Deputy Prime Minister Dendev TERBISHDAGVA (since 20 August 2012) cabinet: Cabinet nominated by the prime minister in consultation with the president and confirmed by the State Great Hural (parliament) (For more information visit the World Leaders website ) elections: presidential candidates nominated by political parties represented in State Great Hural and elected by popular vote for a four-year term (eligible for a second term); election last held on 26 June 2013 (next to be held in June 2017); following legislative elections, leaders of the majority party or a majority coalition usually elect the prime minister of the State Great Hural election results: in elections in June 2013, Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ elected president; percent of vote - Tsakhia ELBEGDORJ 50.2%, Badmaanyambuu BAT-ERDENE 42%, Natsag UDVAL 6.5%, others 1.3%
Legislative branch: unicameral State Great Hural (76 seats; of which 48 members are directly elected from 26 electoral districts, while 28 members are proportionally elected based on a party's share of the total votes; all serve four-year terms) elections: last held on 28 June 2012 (next to be held in June 2016) election results: percent of vote by party - NA; seats by party - DP 33, MPP 25, Justice Coalition 11, others 5, vacant 2
Judicial branch: highest court(s): Supreme Court (consists of the Chief Justice and 16 judges organized into civil, criminal, and administrative chambers); Constitutional Court or Tsets (consists of a chairman and 8 members) judge selection and term of office: Supreme Court chief justice and judges appointed by the president upon recommendation to the State Great Hural by the General Council of Courts; term of appointment is for life; chairman of the Constitutional Court elected from among its members; members appointed by the State Great Heral upon nominations - 3 each by the president, the State Great Hural, and the Supreme Court; term of appointment is 6 years; chairmanship limited to a single renewable 3-year term subordinate courts: aimag (provincial) and capital city appellate courts; soum, inter-soum, and district courts; Administrative Cases Courts (established in 2004)
Political parties and leaders: Civil Will-Green Party or CWGP [Dangaasuren EHKHBAT] Democratic Party or DP [Norov ALTANHUYAG] Justice Coalition (is made up of MPRP and MNDP) Mongolian Natinal Democratic party or MNDP [ENKHSAIKHAN Mendsaikhan] Mongolian People's Party or MPP [O. ENKHTUVSHIN] Mongolian People's Revolutionary Party or MPRP [Nambar ENKHBAYAR]
Political pressure groups and leaders: other: human rights groups; women's groups
International organization participation: ADB, ARF, CD, CICA, CP, EBRD, EITI (compliant country), FAO, G-77, IAEA, IBRD, ICAO, ICC (NGOs), ICRM, IDA, IFAD, IFC, IFRCS, ILO, IMF, IMO, IMSO, Interpol, IOC, IOM, IPU, ISO, ITSO, ITU, ITUC, MIGA, MINURSO, MONUSCO, NAM, OPCW, OSCE, SCO (observer), UN, UNAMID, UNCTAD, UNESCO, UNIDO, UNISFA, UNMISS, UNWTO, UPU, WCO, WHO, WIPO, WMO, WTO
National symbol(s): soyombo emblem
National anthem: name: "Mongol ulsyn toriin duulal" (National Anthem of Mongolia) lyrics/music: Tsendiin DAMDINSUREN/Bilegiin DAMDINSUREN and Luvsanjamts MURJORJ note: music adopted 1950, lyrics adopted 2006; the anthem's lyrics have been altered on numerous occasions
Diplomatic representation in the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Bulgaa ALTANGEREL chancery: 2833 M Street NW, Washington, DC 20007 telephone: [1] (202) 333-7117 FAX: [1] (202) 298-9227 consulate(s) general: New York, San Francisco
Diplomatic representation from the US: chief of mission: Ambassador Piper Anne Wind CAMPBELL embassy: Big Ring Road, 11th Micro Region, Ulaanbaatar, 14171 Mongolia mailing address: PSC 461, Box 300, FPO AP 96521-0002; P.O. Box 341, Ulaanbaatar-14192 telephone: [976] 7007-6001 FAX: [976] 7007-6016
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 Economy
Mongolia's extensive mineral deposits and attendant growth in mining-sector activities have transformed Mongolia's economy, which traditionally has been dependent on herding and agriculture. Mongolia's copper, gold, coal, molybdenum, fluorspar, uranium, tin, and tungsten deposits, among others, have attracted foreign direct investment. Soviet assistance, at its height one-third of GDP, disappeared almost overnight in 1990 and 1991 at the time of the dismantlement of the USSR. The following decade saw Mongolia endure both deep recession, because of political inaction and natural disasters, as well as economic growth, because of reform-embracing, free-market economics and extensive privatization of the formerly state-run economy. The country opened a fledgling stock exchange in 1991. Mongolia joined the World Trade Organization in 1997 and seeks to expand its participation in regional economic and trade regimes. Growth averaged nearly 9% per year in 2004-08 largely because of high copper prices globally and new gold production. By late 2008, Mongolia was hit hard by the global financial crisis. Slower global economic growth hurt the country's exports, notably copper, and slashed government revenues. As a result, Mongolia's real economy contracted 1.3% in 2009. In early 2009, the International Monetary Fund reached a $236 million Stand-by Arrangement with Mongolia and the country has largely emerged from the crisis with better regulations and closer supervision. The banking sector strengthened but weaknesses remain. In October 2009, Mongolia passed long-awaited legislation on an investment agreement to develop the Oyu Tolgoi mine, considered to be among the world's largest untapped copper deposits. Recent calls by nationalist politicians to renegotiate the investment agreement, however, have called into question the attractiveness of Mongolia as a destination for foreign direct investment. Negotiations to develop the massive Tavan Tolgoi coal field face similar obstacles. The economy grew by 6.4% in 2010, 17.5% in 2011, and by more than 12.3% in 2012, largely on the strength of commodity exports to nearby countries and high government spending domestically. Mongolia's economy, however, faces near-term economic risks from the government's loose fiscal policies, which are contributing to high inflation, and uncertainties in foreign demand for Mongolian exports. Trade with China represents more than half of Mongolia's total external trade - China receives more than 90% of Mongolia's exports. Mongolia purchases 95% of its petroleum products and a substantial amount of electric power from Russia, leaving it vulnerable to price increases. Due to severe winter weather in 2009-10, Mongolia lost 22% of its total livestock, and meat prices doubled. Inflation remained higher than 10% for much of 2010-12, due in part to higher food and fuel prices. The economic slowdown in China during 2011-2012 resulted in fewer Mongolian exports, a widened trade gap, and decreased government revenues, putting pressure on Mongolian fiscal policy. Remittances from Mongolians working abroad, particularly in South Korea, are significant.
GDP (purchasing power parity): GDP (purchasing power parity): $15.44 billion (2012 est.) $13.75 billion (2011 est.) $11.7 billion (2010 est.) note: data are in 2012 US dollars
GDP (official exchange rate): GDP (official exchange rate): $10.26 billion (2012 est.)
GDP - real growth rate: 12.3% (2012 est.) 17.5% (2011 est.) 6.4% (2010 est.)
GDP - per capita (PPP): GDP - per capita (PPP): $5,500 (2012 est.) $4,900 (2011 est.) $4,200 (2010 est.) note: data are in 2012 US dollars
GDP - composition, by end use: household consumption: 51.1% government consumption: 14.5% investment in fixed capital: 48.3% investment in inventories: 13.9% exports of goods and services: 58.6% imports of goods and services: -86.4% (2012 est.)
GDP - composition, by sector of origin: household consumption: 51.1% government consumption: 14.5% investment in fixed capital: 48.3% investment in inventories: 13.9% exports of goods and services: 58.6% imports of goods and services: -86.4% (2012 est.)
Agriculture - products: wheat, barley, vegetables, forage crops; sheep, goats, cattle, camels, horses
Industries: construction and construction materials; mining (coal, copper, molybdenum, fluorspar, tin, tungsten, and gold); oil; food and beverages; processing of animal products, cashmere and natural fiber manufacturing
Industrial production growth rate: 9% (2012 est.)
Labor force: 1.037 million (2011 est.)
Labor force - by occupation: agriculture: 33% industry: 10.6% services: 56.4% (2011)
Unemployment rate: 9% (2011 est.) 13% (2010)
Population below poverty line: 29.8% (2011 est.)
Household income or consumption by percentage share: lowest 10%: 3% highest 10%: 28.4% (2008)
Distribution of family income - Gini index: 36.5 (2008) 32.8 (2002)
Budget: revenues: $3.228 billion expenditures: $4.091 billion (2012 est.)
Taxes and other revenues: 31.5% of GDP (2012 est.)
Fiscal year: calendar year
Inflation rate (consumer prices): Inflation rate (consumer prices): 14.2% (2012 est.) 9.5% (2011 est.)
Current account balance: -$2.354 billion (2012 est.) -$1.781 billion (2011 est.)
Exports: $4.385 billion (2012 est.) $4.816 billion (2011 est.)
Exports - commodities: copper, apparel, livestock, animal products, cashmere, wool, hides, fluorspar, other nonferrous metals, coal, crude oil
Exports - partners: China 88.9%, Canada 4.1% (2012)
Imports: $6.739 billion (2012 est.) $6.598 billion (2011 est.)
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 37.6%, Russia 25.7%, US 9.4%, South Korea 6.1%, Japan 4.9% (2012)
Debt - external: $3.423 billion (31 December 2012 est.) $2.564 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - at home: $4.62 billion (31 December 2011 est.) $4.715 billion (31 December 2011 est.)
Stock of direct foreign investment - abroad: $50 million (31 December 2012 est.) $94.5 million (31 December 2011 est.)
Market value of publicly traded shares: $1.29 billion (31 December 2012) $1.579 billion (31 December 2011) $1.093 billion (31 December 2010)
Exchange rates: togrog/tugriks (MNT) per US dollar - 1,357.6 (2012 est.) 1,265.5 (2011 est.) 1,357.1 (2010 est.) 1,442.8 (2009) 1,170 (2007)
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 Energy
Electricity - production: 4.48 billion kWh (2010 est.) country comparison to the world: 121
Electricity - consumption: 4.217 billion kWh (2010)
Electricity - exports: 0 kWh (2012 est.)
Electricity - imports: 262.9 million kWh (2010)
Electricity - installed generating capacity: 833,200 kW (2009 est.)
Electricity - from fossil fuels: 99.9% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from nuclear fuels: 0% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from hydroelectric plants: 0% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Electricity - from other renewable sources: 0.1% of total installed capacity (2009 est.)
Crude oil - production: 6,983 bbl/day (2011 est.)
Crude oil - exports: 5,260 bbl/day (2009 est.)
Crude oil - imports: 0 bbl/day (2009 est.)
Crude oil - proved reserves: NA bbl
Refined petroleum products - production: 0 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Refined petroleum products - consumption: 21,610 bbl/day (2011 est.)
Refined petroleum products - exports: 0 bbl/day (2010 est.)
Refined petroleum products - imports: 15,730 bbl/day (2008 est.)
Natural gas - production: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - consumption: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - exports: 0 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - imports: 11,790 cu m (2010 est.)
Natural gas - proved reserves: 0 cu m (1 January 2012 est.)
Carbon dioxide emissions from consumption of energy: 9.436 million Mt (2010 est.)
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 Communications
Telephones in use: 187,600 (2011) country comparison to the world: 128
Cellular Phones in use: 2.942 million (2011)
Telephone system: general assessment: network is improving with international direct dialing available in many areas; a fiber-optic network has been installed that is improving broadband and communication services between major urban centers with multiple companies providing inter-city fiber-optic cable services domestic: very low fixed-line teledensity; there are multiple mobile-cellular providers and subscribership is increasing international: country code - 976; satellite earth stations - 7 (2011)
Broadcast media: following a law passed in 2005, Mongolia's state-run radio and TV provider converted to a public service provider; also available are private radio and TV broadcasters, as well as multi-channel satellite and cable TV providers; more than 100 radio stations, including some 20 via repeaters for the public broadcaster; transmissions of multiple international broadcasters are available (2008)
Internet country code: .mn
Internet hosts: 20,084 (2012)
Internet users: 330,000 (2008)
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 Transportation
Airports: 44 (2013) country comparison to the world: 98
Airports (paved runways): total 15
over 3,047 m: 2 2,438 to 3,047 m: 10 1,524 to 2,437 m: 3 (2013)
Airports (unpaved runways): total 29
over 3,047 m: 2 2,438 to 3,047 m: 2 1,524 to 2,437 m: 24 under 914 m: 1 (2013)
Heliports: 1 (2013)
Railways: total 1,908 km
broad gauge: 1,908 km 1.520-m gauge note: the railway is 50 percent owned by the Russian State Railway (2010)
Roadways: total 49,249 km
paved: 3,015 km unpaved: 46,234 km (2010)
Waterways: 580 km (the only waterway in operation is Lake Hovsgol) (135 km); Selenge River (270 km) and Orhon River (175 km) are navigable but carry little traffic; lakes and rivers freeze in winter, they are open from May to September) (2010)
Merchant marine: total 57
by type: bulk carrier 21, cargo 25, chemical tanker 1, container 2, liquefied gas 2, passenger/cargo 2, roll on/roll off 3, vehicle carrier 1 foreign-owned: 44 (Indonesia 2, Japan 2, North Korea 1, Russia 2, Singapore 3, Ukraine 1, Vietnam 33) (2010)
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 Military
Military branches: Mongolian Armed Forces (Mongol ulsyn zevsegt huchin): Mongolian Army (includes Mongolian Air and Air Defense, which is to become a separate service in 2015); there is no navy (2013)
Military service age and obligation: 18-25 years of age for compulsory and voluntary military service; conscript service obligation is 12 months in land or air defense forces or police; a small portion of Mongolian land forces (2.5 percent) is comprised of contract soldiers; women cannot be deployed overseas for military operations (2012)
Manpower available for military service: males age 16-49: 898,546 females age 16-49: 891,192 (2010 est.)
Manpower fit for military service: males age 16-49: 726,199 females age 16-49: 756,628 (2010 est.)
Manpower reaching militarily significant age annually: male: 30,829 female: 29,648 (2010 est.)
Military expenditures: 0.8% of GDP (2012)
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 Transnational Issues
Refugees and internally displaced persons: stateless persons: 220 (2012)
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