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Republic of Kazakhstan



Location: Central Asia, northwest of China

Area: 2,717,300 sq km

Climate: continental, cold winters and hot summers, arid and semiarid

Terrain: extends from the Volga to the Altai Mountains and from the plains in western Siberia to oases and desert in Central Asia

Population: 16,824,825 (July 1999 est.)

Religions: Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%

Languages: Kazakh (Qazaq) (state language) 40%, Russian (official, used in everyday business) 66%

Capital: Astana



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