Kazakhstan is the world's ninth largest country by area, covering over one million square miles (over 2.7m sq. km.) and with territory in two continents: Europe and Asia. The nation comprises 14 administrative regions and two metropolitan areas designated as Cities of State Importance: Astana and Almaty. Kazakhstan's total population exceeds 18,000,000.
The Land of the Great Steppe, as this nation is often called, was the cradle of Turkic civilization. It was here in the Kazakh Steppes, back in prehistoric times, that the first Turkic and Iranian-speaking states began to flourish. The country's past is also firmly woven into the history of the Great Silk Road, which served for centuries as the main trade route linking the world of the Mediterranean with the countries of Eastern Asia. The major part of the Silk Road (around 870m or 1,400km) traversed lands which are now part of modern-day Kazakhstan.
Today's Kazakstan is a nation rich in history, where ancient traditions mingle seamlessly with impressive modernity, and where over 120 nationalities and peoples follow the religions and customs of their forefathers.
Kazakhstan is also a land rich in natural wonders, boasting more than 8,500 rivers and an abundance of lakes, all surrounded by the most diverse and breathtaking scenery, from the Steppes and deserts to soaring mountain summits. Nature has blessed the country with a wealth of resources, including oil, natural gas, and many different minerals and fossil fuels, all helping to drive Kazakhstan's thriving industrial sector.
A land steeped in tradition and culture, alive with color, where modern science and high technology combine to increase the prosperity of the warm and friendly inhabitants – this is today's Kazakhstan.
Year after year, this tolerant, peaceful and hospitable country attracts tourists from all over the world, who flock here to marvel at the ancient monuments, admire the ultra-modern architecture, witness the contrasting natural wonders, and immerse themselves in the culture of this vast nation.
Come to see us in Kazakhstan, where a warm welcome awaits you!