Introduction

Summary

An independent republic in Asia, bordering Russia, China, the Kyrgyz Republic, Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan, with the Caspian Sea to the west.

Cities

Capital: Astana

Principal Ports

Aqtau (Shevchenko), Atyrau (Gur’yev), Oskemen (Ust-Kamenogorsk), Pavlodar, Semey (Semipalatinsk)

Population

18 million

International Country Code

KZ

Language(s)

Kazakh (Qazaq), Russian

Religion

Muslim; Russian Orthodox; Protestant

Literacy Rate

99.7%

Weights and Measures

Metric system

Electricity Supply

220V, 50Hz

International Direct Dialling Code

00 7

Time

Eastern Time (Almaty): 6 hours behind GMT.

Central Time: 5 hours behind GMT.

Western Time: 4 hours behind GMT.

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