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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

KAZAKHSTAN

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KAZAKHSTAN

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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

    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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