Where is Kazakhstan?

Kazakhstan is an Asian country covering 2,724,900.00 km2 of which 0.92% is water and 2,699,700.00 km2 is land. This makes it the 10th largest country in the world and slightly less than four times the size of Texas. Its geographic coordinates are 48 00 N, 68 00 E and Astana is the capital city.

Kazakhstan has a 13,364.00 km border with China (1,765 km), Kyrgyzstan (1,212 km), Russia (7,644 km), Turkmenistan (413 km) and Uzbekistan (2,330 km). Kyrgzstan has yet to ratify the 2001 boundary delimitation with Kazakhstan.

The name "Kazakh" comes from the Turkic word "kaz", which means "to wonder".

Its ISO code is KZ.

Geography

It is located in Central Asia. Kazakhstan has a mean elevation of 387 m above sea level.

It has a continental climate with cold winters and hot summers. Its terrain is vast, with flat steppes, mountains, and plains.

Population

Kazakhstan has a population of 18,360,353 making it the 62nd largest in the world. The majority of the population lives in the far northern and southern portions of the country.

Kazakh is the official language, as is Russian. The major ethnic group is Kazakh, followed by Russian. The majority of the population is Muslim, with a significant Christian minority.

The dialing code for the country is 7.

Government

Kazakhstan is an independent country. It gained independence with the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991. Its constitution was last ratified in 1995.

Economy

Factoring in Purchasing Power Parity, Kazakhstan's GDP is $469,000,000,000.00 (USD) with $25,700.00 (USD) per capita. This makes it the 41st largest economy and its citizens the 70th richest in the world. The currency of Kazakhstan is the Tenge (KZT).

Its major export partners are China, Russia, and France. Its main exports are oil natural gas, ferrous metals, and chemicals. Its major import partners are Russia, China, and Germany. Its major imports include machinery and equipment, metal products, and foodstuffs.