Kazakhstan

Official nameRepublic of Kazakhstan
Name in local languageҚазақстан Республикасы - Qazaqstan Respublïkası (kk) ; Республика Казахстан (ru)
ContinentAsia
SubcontinentCentral Asia
Population (ranking: 65e)18,440,161 inhabitants (2019)
Population growth1.45 % / year
Area2,724,222 km²
Density6.77 inhabitants / km²
GDP (ranking: 57e)170.539 billions $USD (2018)
GDP/capita (ranking)9,331 $USD (2018)
GDP growth4.10 % / year (2018)
Life expectancy (ranking)72.30 years (2016)
Birth rate22.52 ‰ (2016)
Fertility rate2.31 children / woman (2015)
Death rate (ranking)7.37 ‰ (2016)
Infant mortality rate (ranking)8.59 ‰ (2016)
Literacy rate99.79 % (2015)
Official languagesKazakh (official state language), Russian
CurrencyTenge (₸ KZT)
HDI (ranking: 83e)0.800 / 1 (2017)
EPI (ranking)54.56 (2018)
GovernmentUnitary dominant-party presidential constitutional republic
Head of StatePresident Kassym-Jomart Tokayev
National Day16 December (independence of 1991)
ISO CodesKZ, KAZ
DemonymKazakhstani
Tourists (ranking)4,560,000 people (2014)
Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan is a landlocked country (without access to the sea, except the Caspian Sea, which is a closed sea). It is part of the former Soviet republics of the USSR, from which it has been independent since 1991. It shares borders with Russia to the north and west, China to the east, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan to the south. It is bathed by the Caspian Sea to the west, and has the northern half of what remains of the largely dry Aral Sea.

Historically based in Almaty, the big city in the south of the country, power moved to Astana in the north in 1997 under the leadership of the head of state. The city, which has become capital, has since grown considerably and has gradually become a large urban center, which continues to grow and reached a million inhabitants at the end of 2017. In 2019, it is renamed Nursultan, in the honor of former dictator Nursultan Nazarbayev.

Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan
Almaty, former capital of Kazakhstan. Photo: Deonisy Mit’
Astana, capital of Kazakhstan
Nursultan, capital of Kazakhstan
Khan Shatyr, Astana, Kazakhstan
Khan Shatyr, Nursultan, Kazakhstan
Lake Almaty, Kazakhstan
Lake Almaty, Kazakhstan
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Urban areas (2018)
Urban areasPopulation
Almaty1,797,431 inhabitants
Nursultan (Astana)1,029,556 inhabitants
Shymkent854,466 inhabitants
Karaganda504,308 inhabitants
Aktobe445,116 inhabitants
Taraz438,724 inhabitants
Oskemen411,069 inhabitants
Pavlodar391,588 inhabitants
Semey318,790 inhabitants
Kostanay243,898 inhabitants
Oral230,785 inhabitants
Petropavl214,796 inhabitants
Kyzylorda206,704 inhabitants
Aktau204,453 inhabitants
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Administrative divisions
Region (Oblys)PopulationArea
Akmola738,371 inhabitants146,219 km²
Aktobe856,687 inhabitants300,629 km²
Almaty (City)1,797,431 inhabitants682 km²
Almaty2,015,144 inhabitants223,911 km²
Astana (City)1,029,556 inhabitants810 km²
Atyrau619,502 inhabitants118,631 km²
Baikonur (City)46,515 inhabitants57 km²
East Kazakhstan1,383,620 inhabitants283,226 km²
Jambyl1,117,101 inhabitants144,264 km²
Karaganda1,380,046 inhabitants427,982 km²
Kostanay875,531 inhabitants196,001 km²
Kyzylorda782,104 inhabitants226,019 km²
Mangystau658,827 inhabitants165,642 km²
North Kazakhstan558,665 inhabitants97,993 km²
Pavlodar754,814 inhabitants124,800 km²
South Kazakhstan2,923,542 inhabitants117,249 km²
West Kazakhstan646,387 inhabitants151,339 km²
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See also