Meet the "stan" family of Central Asia
These countries were once part of the former Soviet Union
TRAVEL Central Asia
Do you know the "stan" family of Central Asia? They are a collection of countries whose names end in the suffix "stan," the ancient Persian word meaning country, nation, or land.
There are seven "stans" in the world, but Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan, and Tajikistan stand out for what they have in common. These five nations were once part of the former Soviet Union.
All now independent, these "stans" make for a fascinating and rewarding exploration. So browse this gallery and meet this extended family of Central Asian countries.
Celebrities with misspelled tattoos
CELEBRITY michael jackson
Celebs who have defended Michael Jackson
Beautiful oases all over the world
CELEBRITY Leonardo DiCaprio
All the beautiful women Leonardo DiCaprio has romanced
Celebrity exes who got back together
TRAVEL Polar vortex
Stunning pictures of the polar vortex in the US
LIFESTYLE World's Most Admired Companies
The world's most admired companies in 2019
LIFESTYLE Black History Month
Amazing inventions we have African Americans to thank for
CELEBRITY reality stars
Real to reel: Reality stars who became actors
Beat it! The best drummers in the world