The Republic of Kazakhstan, is a country in Central Asia and Europe. Vast in size, the land in Kazakhstan is very diverse and has different types of terrains like flatlands, rock-canyons, hills, mountains etc. It has the 62nd largest population in the world with a population density of 6 people per square kilometer. Its approximate population was a bit more than 15 million in 2006. Their flag is basically a yellow eagle with a sun on top of it on a light blue background. The official languages spoken in Kazakhstan are Kazakh and Russian as it was once a part of the soviet union.
The first interesting thing i learnt about Kazakhstan was that it is the ninth largest country in the world. I had no idea that Kazakhstan was such a huge country. It has an area of 2.7 million square kilometers. It is almost as large as western europe. It shares borders with 5 countries including Russia and China. The Kazakh grasslands have an area of around eight hundred thousand square kilometers. It occupies about one third of the country and is the worlds largest grassland region.
The second interesting thing i learnt about Kazakhstan was that its population has declined since independence. Whereas with most countries, its the opposite. The population dropped from 16 and a half million in 1989 to about 15 million in 2006. This was caused as most of the russians living in the country migrated back to Russia after the independence.
The third and last interesting thing i learnt about Kazakhstan was that its not a poor country making money by prostitution as shown in Borat but instead it is quite an advanced country who is one of the leading exporters of minerals, in the world and there are forecasts that it will become the worlds leading exporter for uranium by 2010. Kazakhstan has a large supply of minerals like lead, zinc, iron, gold etc. There is about 2.7 million tons of petroleum and about 6.1 billion tons of oil deposits in Kazakhstan. In 2006, Kazakhstan was producing approximately 23.5 billion cubic meters of natural gas annually.
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