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Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan
  • Capital city: Astana
  • Population: 17,522,010 (July 2012 est.)
  • Size of country: 2,724,900 sq km
  • Currency: tenge
  • Power supply: 220/240v
  • Sockets: 2 pin round (standard European)
  • Language: Kazakh (state language) spoken by 65% of the population. Russian is the official language spoken by 95% of the population
  • Time difference: GMT +6 hours
  • Visas: British nationals must obtain a visa to visit Kazakhstan which must be obtained in advance of travel.
  • Religion: Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%
  • Popular dishes: The national dish is beshbarmak which is boiled meat (traditionally horse meat or mutton), served with a broth and pasta.
  • Popular drinks: Fermented milk (mare’s, sheep’s or camel’s) is the traditional Kazakh drink but tea is now more commonly drank.
  • Did you know: Lake Balkhash (the 12th largest lake in the world) is half fresh water and half saltwater
  • FCO advice: http://www.fco.gov.uk/en/travel-and-living-abroad/travel-advice-by-country/asia-oceania/kazakhstan
  • World Travel Guide: http://www.worldtravelguide.net/kazakhstan
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