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Bol'shoye Almatinskoye Ozero, Almaty, Kazakhstan
Bol'shoye Almatinskoye Ozero, Almaty, Kazakhstan

Big Almaty Lake

Like the vast majority of lakes in the Tien Shan mountains, the lake appeared as a result from number of earthquakes.
Photo by Polina Skaia





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Capital: Nur-Sultan

Location: Central Asia, northwest of China; a small portion west of the Ural (Oral) River in easternmost Europe

Government: Republic of Kazakhstan

Currency: tenge (KZT)

Area: 2,724,900 sq km

Population: 19,245,793 (July 2021 est.)

Languages: Kazakh (official, Qazaq) 83.1% (understand spoken language) and trilingual (Kazakh, Russian, English) 22.3% (2017 est.); Russian (official, used in everyday business, designated the "language of interethnic communication") 94.4% (understand spoken language) (2009 est.)

Religion: Muslim 70.2%, Christian 26.2% (mainly Russian Orthodox), other 0.2%, atheist 2.8%, unspecified 0.5% (2009 est.)

TimeZone: UTC+6

Tel Code: +7

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