Crimea profile

Crimean Tatar Crimean Tatars formed the majority of the population until the mid-1800s and are now in a minority
  • Territory: Crimea
  • Status: Semi-autonomous region of Ukraine that in March 2014 voted to join Russia in a referendum that Ukraine and the West deem to be illegal.
  • Population: 2 million
  • Capital: Simferopol
  • Area: 26,100 sq km (10,077 sq miles)
  • Languages: Ukrainian, Russian, Crimean Tatar
  • Ethnic groups: Russians, Ukrainians, Crimean Tatars,
  • Religion: Christianity, Islam
  • Main industries: Tourism, agriculture, ore, mining, chemicals

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