About the Republic of Kazakhstan
The Republic of Kazakhstan is situated at the heart of Eurasia and is the worlds 9th largest country. When Kazakhstan became independent in the unstable days of December 1991, few people thought the country would achieve as much as it did in its first 20 years. Instead of disintegrating, Kazakhstan’s economy became one of the fastest growing in the world.
Kazakhstan is located in the centre of the Eurasian continent and it’s the biggest landlocked country in the world. The Republic of Kazakhstan is a unitary state with a presidential form of government, which gained independence on December 16, 1991.
As an independent state, Kazakhstan inherited both positive and negative legacies from the former Soviet Union. On the upside, Kazakhstan was a relatively industrialized economy with developed infrastructure, high levels of literacy, skilled and educated labour force.
The downside factors included a lack of traditions in democratic governance, no experience in living under a market economy, significant risks of domestic confrontations along ethnic, religious or ideological lines, terrible environmental problems brought about by the Soviet military programmes and careless management of natural resources.
In a short historical term - from the moment of gaining independence in 1991 GDP per capita has increased by 16 times - from 700 to 12 000 US dollars, which is a phenomenal result even in comparison with swiftly developing southeast countries – so-called "tigers".
People from more than 130 ethnic groups and 40 different religious denominations live peacefully with each other in Kazakhstan, and none are discriminated against or abused.According to the World Bank, Kazakhstan is now among the world’s top twenty nations that are most attractive for foreign investments, and the presence of global companies such as Chevron, GE, British Gas, Samsung, Chinese National Petroleum Company and others is a vivid proof of that.
Astana is the youngest capital in the world, founded on December 10, 1997.
Today Astana is a political center of Kazakhstan and a growing tourist attraction. When you are in Astana, the city's architecture is the first thing to catch your eye, as skyline created by talented architects combines modern design with a traditional feel of the Orient.
Its territory is 710,2 sq. km., population- 780880 people (as for February 1,2013). Astana is inhabited by representatives of more than 100 nationalities. Climate - humid continental with hot summers and long cold winters. Geographic coordinates - 51 10 N, 71 25 E. The city is located in a flat steppe on Ishim river and its intermittent rightsided feeders Sarybulak and Akbulak running across the city. Around the city of Astana there are numerous fresh and saltwater lakes. Local time - Astana is located in the 5th time zone. Local time is determined to zero meridian as GMT +06.00.
In July 1999 the city was awarded the title “City of Peace” by UNESCO.
Astana being one of the youngest capitals in the world is located in the center of Eurasian continent and is the venue for various political, economic and cultural meetings attracting more investments. This is the city where architectural masterpieces are erected and the most comprehensive projects are implemented.
Astana is where East meets West.. It's a young city with something new to explore every day.
So, be our guest, Welcome to Astana!