Top 10 Interesting Facts about Kazakhstan You Should Know

Want to know some interesting facts about Kazakhstan? Go through this blog post, you will come to know the top 10 unknown facts about Kazakhstan.

Kazakhstan is a country located in central Asia which was previously a part of the former Soviet Republic. Kazakhstan is the ninth largest country in the world in size. The country dominates the Central Asian economy both politically and economically due to its large oil, gas, and mineral resources.

It is also a member of some of the most renowned international organizations and treaties such as the United Nations, WTO, the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, the Eurasian Economic Union, and the Collective Security Treaty Organization. Kazakhstan’s territory extends from the Caspian Sea in the west to the Altay Mountains in the east and the plains of western Siberia from the north to the deserts of the gulf in the south.

Apart from these points, there are some unknown facts about Kazakhstan that everyone should know. Do you genuinely want to know about those facts?

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Here are some unknown facts about Kazakhstan

The most amazing facts about Kazakhstan that everyone should know are given below. Let’s have a look –

1. The Origin of Apples

Apple, a fruit that keeps the doctor away, a fruit that helped Sir Issac Newton find gravity, originated in Kazakhstan. Even now, apples from Kazakhstan hold significant importance and cost a hefty amount in the International market.

About 750,000 years ago, sour crab apples were found growing wild in the forests and approximately 8000 years ago, the cultivation of apples started to take place, and then, by 1300 BCE, the apples spread to Egypt and then to the rest of the world. The most populous city in Kazakhstan – Almaty is also translated as the father of apples and the same has been confirmed by DNA tests. 

2. The Flag

The National Flag of Kazakhstan has a light blue background which alludes to the “Blue Horde”, a Central Asian clan. As per the people of Kazakhstan, “The blue shade of the State Flag of Kazakhstan implies unadulterated sky, harmony and flourishing, and the shade of the foundation addresses the solidarity of our country.

As per the heraldic standards the sun represents riches and overflow, life and energy. For that reason, the sunbeams on the banner have the type of grain, an image of riches, and government assistance.

By addressing the sun in its state ascribes Kazakhstan reaffirms its obligation to widespread qualities, which likewise shows that the new youthful nation is brimming with invigorating energy and is available to all nations for collaboration.”

3. Baikonur Cosmodrome 

The first man in space and the first satellite were both sent off from Kazakhstan. Baikonur covers 6717 square kilometers and stretches out 75 kilometers from north to south and 90 kilometers from east to west.

The base contains many platforms, five following control habitats, nine global positioning systems, and a 1500-kilometers rocket test range. It was from Baikonur that the first satellite to circle the Earth was sent off and that Yuri Gagarin, the first man to circle the Earth, was sent off into space. Baikonur was once the center of the super-puzzling space program of the past Soviet Union.

4. Snow Leopards

Snow Leopards can be found in Kazakhstan. The broadly hard-to-identify endangered species – known as the “apparition of the mountains” – is a powerful picture of Kazakhstan.

It is marked as vulnerable on the IUCN Red List in light of the fact that the worldwide population of Snow Leopards is assessed to number less than 10,000 and is supposed to decline around 10% by 2040. The numbers are decreasing continuously because of poaching and smuggling. Many countries have banned the hunting and smuggling of Snow Leopards. 

5. Kazakh Navy

In spite of being landlocked, Kazakhstan has a naval force that depends on the landlocked Caspian Sea. The Caspian ocean is likewise lined by Iran, Russia, Azerbaijan, and Turkmenistan. The Caspian Sea is the world’s biggest inland waterway. At 386,400 sq km, it is bigger than the area of Japan.

The Kazakh Navy’s headquarters are located in the coastal city of Aktau. It is monitored by the Ministry of Defence, Republic of Kazakhstan, and consists of 3000 sailors, 14 patrol boats, and one research vessel. Rear Admiral Saken Bekzhanov is the commander of the Kazakh Navy (18 April 2018 – present).

6. The Silk Route

The Silk Route was a notable shipping route that dated from the second century B.C. until the fourteenth century A.D. It extended from Asia to the Mediterranean, crossing China, India, Persia, Arabia, Greece, Kazakhstan, and Italy.

It was named the Silk Route because of the large amount of silk exchanging that occurred during that period. This important texture started in China, which at first had an imposing business model for silk creation until the mysteries of its creation spread.

Notwithstanding silk, the route worked with the exchange of different textures, flavors, grains, products of the soil, creature stows away, wood and metal work, valuable stones, and different things of significant worth.

7. Birthplace of Jewels 

Kazakhstan is the birthplace of some of the most renowned philosophers of the world such – 

  • Al-Farabi (872–950) who was a famous scientist, philosopher, and mathematician.
  • Ibrahim Qunanbaiuly (1845–1904) who was a poet, translator, composer, and philosopher.
  • Ahmad Yasavi (1106–1166) who was also a poet and Sufi (Muslim mystic).

Kazakhstan is also the birthplace of some of the most successful businessmen in the world. Some of them are

  • Mukhtar Ablyazov (born 1963),
  • Timur Kulibayev (born 1966), 
  • Oleg Novachuk (born 1971), currently Chief Executive of Kazakhmys and 
  • Dzhambulat Sarsenov (born 1961). 

8. Goat Grabbing

In Kazakhstan, the old traveling game, known as kokpar (generally deciphered as “goat-getting”) is played by two groups of horseback riders (like polo) contesting over a headless, newly butchered goat. The game is accepted to have begun with Genghis Khan in the thirteenth hundred years.

9. Horse Riding

Horse Riding is critical in Kazakh culture which additionally incorporates the customary game of Kyz kuu, which deciphers as “young lady pursuing”. The game is essentially a type of “kiss pursue” riding a horse.

A lady sets off on a pony pursued by a gathering of men, likewise riding a horse. The point of the game is to get the young lady and kiss her while both are currently at a full jog.

10. Rulers of Kazakhstan

Kazakhstan has been occupied for millennia by traveling people groups. North of 5,000 petroglyphs (rock carvings) has been found dating from around 2000 BC at the UNESCO-recorded site of Tamgaly. Kazakhstan was attacked by Genghis Khan and his Mongol clans between 1219-24.

From 1800, Kazakhstan was controlled by Russia. In 1920 it turned out to be important for the USSR. In 1991, Kazakhstan proclaimed freedom following the breakdown of the Soviet Union and joined the Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS).

Conclusion – Facts about Kazakhstan

Therefore, it can be concluded that Kazakhstan is one of the most important countries in Central Asia economically, politically, and strategically. It is excelling in the fields of science, technology, space exploration, education, sports, and much more. It is currently governed by the Unitary dominant-party presidential republic of Kazakhstan.

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