Trivia Facts About Kazakhstan

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Almaty Apples

The apple trees originated in the mountains of the Central Asia, namely Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uyghur Autonomous Region of China.

Many wild apple trees still grow in various parts of Kazakhstan.

The name of the major city and the former capital of Kazakhstan, Almaty, means a "place full of apples".


The national symbol of Holland Tulip, originated in and around the mountains and steppes of Kazakhstan.

The tulip was first introduced to Europe only at the end of the 16th century, during the Tulip era of the Ottoman Empire.

Then it gained the reputation of the sign of abundance.

To start with the price per bulb in Holland was at times equal to the price of a house in Amsterdam.

A very rare species of the endangered Sogdian Ash Tree grows along the Charyn River of Kazakhstan. The Ash Tree Grove extends to 800 ha. The uniqueness of the grove is that the tree survived the Glacial Age. It co-exists with the Charyn "Grand Canyonette".

Baikonur Cosmodrome Kazakhstan

The world's first and largest space launch site is situated in Baikonur, Kazakhstan.

There is actually a town called Baikonur a few hundred kilometers away from the space center.

The name Baikonur was given to the space launch site by the Soviets to cause confusion and keep the location secret.

7 Facts About Kazakhstan - Geography

  • Kazakhstan is located both in Asia and in Europe. The Ural River, which forms the traditional boundary between these continents cuts through Kazakhstan in the West.
  • Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world.
  • Kazakhstan takes the ninth place in the world by area, i.e. after 1) Russia, 2) Canada, 3) China, 4) the USA, 5) Brazil, 6) Australia, 7) India and 8) Argentina.
  • The distance from one end of Kazakhstan to the other is as much as from London to Istanbul.
  • Comparatively Kazakhstan is:

  • more than twice the combined size of the other four Central Asian countries;
  • about twice the size of Alaska;
  • four times the size of Texas;
  • five times the size of France;
  • equivalent to the size of Western Europe;
  • equivalent to the size of the following seven largest European states put together: France, Spain, Sweden, Germany, Finland, Italy and Great Britain;
  • equivalent to the size of such states of Asia, as Pakistan, Turkey, Iraq, Japan and Vietnam taken together.
  • The highest point in Kazakhstan is 7010 meters (about 23 000 ft), which is the top of the mountain Khan Tengri of the Tian Shan mountain range. It is also is the world's most northern 7000m peak.
  • The lowest point is 132 meters (433 ft) below the sea level, the bottom of the Karagiye depression in the Mangystau province east of the Caspian Sea, which is one of the lowest elevations on Earth.
  • The country consists of the Steppe 804,500 (310,600 sq. mi) Steppe, which is one-third of the territory and is the world's largest dry steppe region.

Some miscellaneous facts about Kazakhstan

  • As you know from the Kazakhstan Facts page, the capital of Kazakhstan is Astana. Do you know what it means? It literally means "capital".
  • Kazakhstan people celebrate three New Years. Two official ones, which are the 1 January by the Gregorian Calendar and the 22 March, "Nauryz", the spring equinox or renewal of nature. 14 January by the Julian Calendar is the legacy of the Soviet times. This day is called "the Old New Year".
  • Although Kazakhstan is a landlocked country it still has its own navy.
  • Out of 110 elements from the Mendeleev's table of chemical elements 99 were detected on the Kazakhstan territory.
  • The weather in various parts (a few streets up or down) of Almaty can differ quite significantly, due to its altitude from 600 meters (aprx. 1970 ft) to 1500 meters (aprx. 4920 ft) above the sea level.
Kumis - Fermented Mare's Milk
  • Koumiss, the traditional drink was referred to as the milk champaigne by A. Myers in 1877, in his Treatise on Koumiss "The Great Russian Remedy for Wasting, Debilitating and Nervous Diseases.

  • There is an Ostrich farm next to Almaty. Although the Golden Eagle is the symbol of Kazakhstan, it doesn't mind that its flightless friends use some of its vast space.

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