Kazakhstan is a country in the middle of Eurasia. Its official name is the Republic of Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan is the ninth biggest country in the world, and it is also the biggest landlocked country in the world. Before the end of the Soviet Union, it was called "Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic". The president of the country from 1991 through March 2019 was Nursultan Nazarbayev. Nur-Sultan is the capital city of Kazakhstan. Almaty was the capital until 1998, when it moved to Nur-Sultan, which was called Astana at that time.
Republic of Kazakhstan
Location of Kazakhstan (green)
|Recognised national languages||Russian|
|Recognised regional languages|
|Ethnic groups |
|Government||Unitary presidential constitutional republic|
|13 December 1917|
|26 August 1920|
|19 June 1925|
|5 December 1936|
• Declared Sovereignty
|25 October 1990|
• Reconstituted as the Republic of Kazakhstan
|10 December 1991|
• Declared Independence from the USSR
|16 December 1991|
|21 December 1991|
|26 December 1991|
|2 March 1992|
|30 August 1995|
|2,724,900 km2 (1,052,100 sq mi) (9th)|
• Water (%)
• 2019 estimate
|7/km2 (18.1/sq mi) (236th)|
|GDP (PPP)||2019 estimate|
|$534.271 billion (41st)|
• Per capita
|GDP (nominal)||2019 estimate|
|$164.207 billion (54th)|
• Per capita
|Gini (2017)|| 27.5|
|HDI (2017)|| 0.800|
very high · 58th
|Currency||Tenge (₸) (KZT)|
|Time zone||UTC+5 / +6 (West / East)|
|Calling code||+7-6xx, +7-7xx|
|ISO 3166 code||KZ|
The Kazakh language is the native language, but Russian has equal official status for all administrative and institutional purposes. Islam is the largest religion about 70% of the population are Muslims, with Christianity practiced by 26%; Russia leases (rents) the land for the Baikonur Cosmodrome (site of Russian spacecraft launches) from Kazakhstan.
Kazakhstan is a transcontinental country mostly in Asia with a small western part across the Ural River in Europe. It has borders with the Russian Federation in the north and west, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Tajikistan in the southwest, and China in the far east. The northern border is mostly with Siberia, Russia, so Russia has the longest border with Kazakhstan. Basically, Kazakhstan runs from the Caspian Sea in the west to the mainly Muslim Chinese autonomous region of Xinjiang.
Kazakhstan has plenty of petroleum, natural gas, and mining. It attracted over $40 billion in foreign investment since 1993 and accounts for some 57% of the nation's industrial output. According to some estimates, Kazakhstan has the second largest uranium, chromium, lead, and zinc reserves, the third largest manganese reserves, the fifth largest copper reserves, and ranks in the top ten for coal, iron, and gold. It is also an exporter of diamonds. Kazakhstan has the 11th largest proven reserves of both petroleum and natural gas.
Kazakhstan is divided into 14 provinces. The provinces are divided into districts.
Almaty and Nur-Sultan cities have the status of State importance and are not in any province. Baikonur city has a special status because it is leased to Russia for Baikonur cosmodrome until 2050.
Each province is headed by an Akim (provincial governor) appointed by the president. Municipal Akims are appointed by province Akims. The Government of Kazakhstan moved its capital from Almaty to Nur-Sultan on December 10, 1997.
The population of Kazakhstan is 17,165,000. It takes the 62th place in the List of countries by population. Average density is one of the lowest on earth with almost 6 people/km2 ( List of countries by population density).
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