Kazakhstan

SHORT INFORMATION

Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan

Until the 1950s Astana (Aqmola), was a tiny mining town. Then Nikita Khruschev announced his Virgin Lands scheme to turn 250,000 sq km of Kazakhstan steppe into wheat fields.

SHORT INFORMATION

Religions in Kazakhstan

By tradition, Kazakhs are Sunni Muslims of the Hanafi school. The Kazakhs adopted Islam gradually, with complete conversion only in the early 19th century.

FOOD AND BEVERAGES

Regional drinks in Kazakhstan

Kazakh tea or chai is very popular and there are national cafes called Chai-Khana (tea-rooms) where visitors may sip this Kazakh speciality. It is drunk very strong with cream.