Kazakhstan, also known as the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a separate country in Central Asia, south of Russia, and northwest of China. Kazakhstan is also the 9th largest country in the world with a total land area of 1,657,945 sq. miles. Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan since December 10, 1997 and has a population of 332,000. The country got its independence on December 16, 1991. The total population of Kazakhstan is 14.9 million with 47 percent Muslims and 44 percent Russian Orthodox, and over several hundred other nationalities.
Some interesting facts about Kazakhstan are:
Fact 1: Kazakhstan is a 98 percent literate country.
Fact 2: One of the interesting facts about Kazakhstan is that when a child loses a tooth, they hide the tooth under a bathtub and say, ‘œMouse, mouse, please bring me a new tooth.’
Fact 3: The longest border of Kazakhstan is shared with Russia stretching 4,251 miles and China 951 miles.
Fact 4: The mineral-rich Republic of Kazakhstan confronts a legacy of environmental abuse during the regime of Soviet rule.
Fact 5: Baykonur Cosmodrome is the oldest and largest spaceport still used by the Soviets for space launches.
Fact 6: During 1949-1989, there were 456 nuclear blasts in Kazakhstan at the Semipalatinsk site. In 1991, this entire, highly radioactive site was shut down by the Kazakhstan government.
Fact 7: Kazakhstan is rich in mineral reserves, oil, and natural gas which has helped Kazakhstan to grow as an economically strong nation.
Fact 8: The staple food of Kazakhstan is mainly wheat.
Fact 9: Kazakhstan exports oil products, chemicals, grains, and ferrous metals.
Fact 10: Russian Orthodox Christianity is the second-largest religion practiced in Kazakhstan.
Fact 11: Â The 2011 Asian Winter Games were held in Kazakhstan. Kazakhstan has identified itself as an international sports force in the following fields: ice hockey, football, Wimbledon, heavy athletics, wresting, billiards, martial arts, skiing, and kick boxing.