Astana: fun facts

1. Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world by the land size
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  2. Astana has only been the capital since 1997 - so it is less than 20 years old.
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  3. Previously called Akmolinsk, it had long been famous for its fairs. Merchants from all regions of Kazakhstan, Russia and the Central Asian countries traveled here.
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  4.In 1999 by decision of UNESCO, Astana was awarded the title of World City.
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  5. One of Astana's biggest malls - Khan Shatyr hold Guinness record for the world's tallest tent.
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  6. Astana and Kazakhstan in general is bi-linguag, most of the population here speaks and understand both Kazakh and Russian. English is spoken and understood by almost all the young people here
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  7. The border between Russia and Kazakhstan is the longest continuous land border in the world - it stretches 7512.8 kilometers (approx. 4700 miles)
Kazakhstan Political Map 2000
Kazakhstan Political Map
  8. Kazakhstan has the second largest uranium reserves in the world.
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  9. Horses were first domesticated on the territory of modern Kazakhstan
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  10. Borat was filmed in Romania and has nothing to do with Kazakhstan - however, it has helped the country's recognition in US greatly, with people Googling it three times as much after the movie.
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