Kazakhstan (Kazakstan, Qazaqstan, Republic of Kazakhstan) is a big country located in Central Asia which is ranked as the ninth largest country in the world. It is also the world's largest landlocked country; its territory of 2,727,300 km. sq. is greater than Western Europe.


It is neighbored clockwise from the north by Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, Turkmenistan, and also borders on a significant part of the Caspian Sea.

Kazakhstan is very ethnically diverse, with only a slight majority of Kazakhstanis being ethnic Kazakh. Other ethnic groups include Russian, Ukrainian, Uzbek, German, and Uyghur. Religions are Sunni Muslim, Russian Orthodox, Protestant, and other. Kazakhstan is a bilingual country. The Kazakh language has the status of the "state" language, while Russian is declared the "official" language. Russian is used routinely in business; 64.4% of the population speaks the Kazakh language. Education is universal and mandatory through the secondary level, and the literacy rate is 98.4%.

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10.10.2010 - Links to Kazakhstan projects at MIT have been added.

09.10.2010 - The website "kazakhstan.mit.edu" has been updated.

Sources include materials from www.akorda.kz,state.gov and Wikipedia.