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Country Kazakhstan

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Region Central Asia
Area (sq km) 2,724,900
Area (sq mile) 1,049,150
Border China, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Population 18,157,122
Nationality Kazakhstani(s)
Ethnic Kazakh (Qazaq) 63.1%, Russian 23.7%, Uzbek 2.8%, Ukrainian 2.1%, Uighur 1.4%, Tatar 1.3%, German 1.1%, other 4.5%
Religion Muslim 47%, Russian Orthodox 44%, Protestant 2%, other 7%
Language Kazakh (Qazaq), Russian
Literacy 100%
Government Republic with Authoritarian Presidential Rule
Capital Astana
Leader President Nursultan A. Nazarbayev (since December 1, 1991); Prime Minister Karim Masimov (since April 2, 2014); First Deputy Prime Minister Bakytzhan Sagintayev (since January 16, 2013); Deputy Prime Minister Dariga Nazarbayeva (since September 2015)
Currency Tenge (KZT)
Independence Day Dec. 16, 1991 (from the Soviet Union)
National Holiday Indepdenence Day (Dec. 16, 1991)
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