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Kazakhstan Overview

Posted by in on 6-6-13

Kazakhstan [1] is by far the largest of the Central Asian states of the former Soviet Union. It has borders with Russia, China, and the Central Asian countries of Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan. It is the world’s ninth biggest country by size, and it is more than twice the size of the other Central Asian states combined. Its lack of significant historical sites and endless featureless steppe have put many off Kazakhstan, while many still are captivated by the emptiness and mystery of this goliath state. It will be many travellers’ first port of call on their Central Asian adventure, and there is much for the intrepid traveller to enjoy. Kazakhstan is the richest country in Central Asia, due to its large oil and natural gas reserves. The country is also the largest landlocked country.
Capital     Astana
Government     Republic
Currency     Tenge (KZT)
Area     total: 2,724,902 km2
water: 47,500 km2
land: 2,669,800 km2
Population     16,402,861 (July 2009 est.)
Language     Kazakh (official, state language) 64.4%, Russian (official) 95% (2001 est.)
Religion     Muslim 67%, Russian Orthodox 24%, Protestant 2%, other 7%
Electricity     220V/50Hz, European plug
Country code     +7
Time Zone     UTC+5 to UTC+6

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