Kazakhstan (i/ˌkæzækˈstɑːn, ˌkɑː-, -zɑːk-, -ˈstæn/;Kazakh: Қазақстан, Qazaqstan), officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia, with a minor part west of the Ural River and thus in Europe. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world. Its territory of 2,724,900 square kilometres (1,052,100 sq mi) is larger than all of Western Europe. By 2006, Kazakhstan had become the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. The country has vast mineral resources.

It has borders with (clockwise from the north) Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, and also adjoins a large part of the Caspian Sea. The terrain of Kazakhstan includes flatlands, steppe, taiga, rock canyons, hills, deltas, snow-capped mountains, and deserts. With an estimated 18 million people as of 2014, Kazakhstan is the 61st most populous country in the world. Given its large land area, its population density is among the lowest, at less than 6 people per square kilometre (15 people per sq. mi.). The capital is Astana, where it was moved in 1997 from Almaty.

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Students participate in robotics championship in Kazakhstan

Xinhua 23 Feb 2024
Students participate in a robotics championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Feb ... (Photo by Kalizhan Ospanov/Xinhua). Students participate in a robotics championship in Astana, Kazakhstan, on Feb....

A New Prime Minister In Kazakhstan To Tackle The Same Old Problems

Beijing News 07 Feb 2024
ALMATY, Kazakhstan -- "Active work without formalities, bureaucracy, and unnecessary meetings ... This was how Kazakhstan's new Prime Minister Olzhas Bektenov summed up his philosophy on government on February 6, the same day he was parachuted into the position from his prior role as President Qasym-Zhomart Toqaev's chief of staff....

Kazakhstan will surgically remove paedophiles

The Daily Mail 06 Feb 2024
Kazakhstan will surgically remove the paedophiles' genitals under a new draft law ... 'By letting a rapist go free, we create conditions for recidivism with our own hands,' he said. Chemical castration in Kazakhstan (File Photo) ... He said. 'This is nonsense ... Kazakhstan has operated a system of forced castration for paedophiles for several years ... Kazakhstan. ....