Astana, initially called Akmola, is the official capital of Kazakhstan. The city was named the capital in 1998 through a presidential decree. Astana is located in the heart of Eurasia, precisely at the banks of Ishim River in the northern parts of the Republic of Kazakhstan within a region called Akmola. The city of Astana is the pillar stone of the state's economy, as well as its culture and traditions. Most administrative offices are located in the city.

Astana is estimated to be home to around 1 million people. Latest population numbers indicate a great degree of population growth that has occurred in the country in the past decades.

Although Astana is not a common tourist destination, the city has unique and beautiful attractions to offer. Astana has several modern hotels and restaurants for guests and tourists. Furthermore, the city center of Astana has gathered accolades for its decoration (such sights include the Bayterek monument which is well known as the palace of peace and reconciliation). The national park of Korgalzhin is also located 30 km west of the city and is known to attract tourists.

According to the Koppen climate classification, Astana is categorized as the second coldest city in the world after Ulaanbaatar in Mongolia. Astana has an extreme continental climate, during the summer season the city is warm and humid. However; during the winter the city is cold and dry.

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