|Republic of Kazakhstan
|Anthem: Менің Қазақстаным
(Meniñ Qazaqstanım (transcription))
|Official languages||Kazakh (1st official language)
Russian (2nd official language)
|Ethnic groups||(2009 census)
|-||Prime Minister||Karim Massimov|
|Independence from the Soviet Union|
|-||Alash Autonomy||December 13, 1917|
|-||Kazakh SSR||December 5, 1936|
|-||Declared||December 16, 1991|
|-||Finalized||December 25, 1991|
|-||Total||2,724,900 km2 (9th)
1,052,085 sq mi
|-||2011 estimate||16,600,000 (62nd)|
|GDP (PPP)||2011 estimate|
|GDP (nominal)||2011 estimate|
|HDI (2010)|| 0.714
high · 66th
|Currency||Tenge () (
|Time zone||West/East (UTC+5/6)|
|Drives on the||right|
|Calling code||+7-6xx, +7-7xx|
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. Before the end of the Soviet Union, it was called "Kazakh Soviet Socialist Republic". The president of the country since 1991 is called Nursultan Nazarbayev. Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan. Almaty was the capital before 1998.
Geography[change | edit source]
Location[change | edit source]
Provinces[change | edit source]
Kazakhstan is divided into 14 provinces. The provinces are divided into districts.
Almaty and Astana cities have the status of State importance and are not in any province. Baikonur city has a special status because it is currently being leased to Russia with 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 Astana on December 10, 1997.
Pop culture[change | edit source]
A film parodying the Republic of Kazakhstan called Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan was made by Sacha Baron Cohen. He played a fictional Kazakh journalist named Borat Sagdiyev, although Baron Cohen is actually from the United Kingdom. The journalist was supposed to be making a movie depicting Kazakhs. The film showed Kazakhs as primitive prostitutes and rapists. The film made £27,000,000 (27 million pounds). The economy was bad when the movie came out.
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References[change | edit source]
- "Перепись населения Республики Казахстан 2009 года. Краткие итоги. (Census for the Republic of Kazakhstan 2009. Short Summary)" (in Russian). Republic of Kazakhstan Statistical Agency. http://www.stat.kz/p_perepis/Documents/%D0%9F%D0%B5%D1%80%D0%B5%D0%BF%D0%B8%D1%81%D1%8C%20%D1%80%D1%83%D1%81.pdf. Retrieved 10 December 2010.
- CIA World Factbook: Kazakhstan.
- "Kazakhstan". International Monetary Fund. http://www.imf.org/external/pubs/ft/weo/2011/02/weodata/weorept.aspx?pr.x=21&pr.y=18&sy=2009&ey=2016&scsm=1&ssd=1&sort=country&ds=.&br=1&c=916&s=NGDPD%2CNGDPDPC%2CPPPGDP%2CPPPPC%2CLP&grp=0&a=. Retrieved 2011-10-01.
- CIA World Factbook: Field listing, Distribution of family income – Gini index
- "Human Development Report 2010". United Nations. 2010. http://hdr.undp.org/en/media/HDR_2010_EN_Table1.pdf. Retrieved 5 November 2010.
- "Borat film 'tricked' poor village actors" Daily Mail, July 26, 2007.