Uzbekistan (UK: /ʊzˌbɛkɪˈstɑːn, ʌz-, –ˈstæn/, US: /ʊzˈbɛkɪstæn, –stɑːn/; Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston pronounced [ozbekiˈstɒn]), officially Republic of Uzbekistan (Uzbek: Oʻzbekiston Respublikasi), is a country in Central Asia. It is bordered by five landlocked countries: Kazakhstan to the north; Kyrgyzstan to the northeast; Tajikistan to the southeast; Afghanistan to the south; and Turkmenistan to the southwest. Along with Liechtenstein, it is one of only two doubly landlocked countries.
As a sovereign state, Uzbekistan is a secular, unitary constitutional republic. It comprises 12 provinces (vilayats) and one autonomous republic (Republic of Karakalpakstan). The capital and largest city of Uzbekistan is Tashkent.