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About Astana

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Astana is another wonder of the world

In 1997, the President of sovereign Kazakhstan, Nursultan Nazarbayev, suggested to move the capital from Almaty to Akmola. This decision was based on the important geo-political location of the city in the center of Kazakhstan and the Eurasian continent as well as on the availability of transport and communication infrastructure. The capital’s new location was also chosen for the availability of space and land which would allow the city to develop.

It was once said that “the West is the West, the East is the East and they will never be together”. In Kazakhstan there is a city which disproves this saying that seemed irrefutable.

In 1998 the new capital was renamed. It was given the name “Astana”, which stands for “Capital” in Kazakh.

The entire world built Astana

The young capital which changes as we watch is the symbol of creation, creativity and progress of the Kazakh people.

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Together with local companies, the new capital was built by Turkish, Italian, French and Swiss companies. Every year 60 to 100 middle and large size facilities were built. Rapid construction and widespread popular support made it possible to build a modern city of unique beauty and style in the steppes of Kazakhstan in the space of 10 years.

The world’s best architects built Astana

The architectural concept of the city was based on President Nursultan Nazarbayev’s idea that the city should have a Eurasian outlook.

кишё   The author of the general plan of Astana was the famous Japanese architect, Kisho Kurokawa, who designed the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam, the International Airport of Kuala Lumpur and the national ethnological museum in Osaka.

The architectural ensembles created in accordance with Kurokawa’s general design combine modern design and oriental flavor. This makes the city unique. The beauty and the height of buildings in the city are comparable with Tokyo, New York and Dubai.

Astana is part of Kazakhstani’s Brand

In July 1999, Astana was awarded a UNESCO “city for peace” prize. The new capital has all the fundamental characteristics reasons to become one of the world’s 30 best cities.

Kazakhstan’s modern capital is continuously growing and changing. It is becoming increasingly attractive both for the people of Kazakhstan and for foreign visitors. Its modern architecture, which combines the best European and oriental traditions, fully reflects the new capital’s role as an economic, political and cultural center.

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The city’s appearance changes fast as it continues its dynamic development. The city also looks different at night, with beautifully illuminated buildings, street lights, garlands, colorful fountains on the River Ishim, nightlights along the bank, bright shop windows, bars and nightclubs.

The population of Astana

Today, Astana covers an area of 710.2 square km with a population of over 700 thousand people.

Astana is a city which offers good education and good job prospects. The rapid population growth is due above all to the migration inflow of predominantly highly-skilled specialists between 20 and 45 years old. According to municipal authorities, the average salary matches the average salary in the country’s oil and gas regions whilst the unemployment rate is one of the lowest in Kazakhstan. High birth and marriage rates have also contributed to Astana’s natural development.

Astana is an important cultural and scientific center in Kazakhstan. It hosts the National Academy of Sciences, universities, the National Library, the National Museum, modern art galleries, the Center for Social and Economic Technologies, business centers, children’s parks, and water amusements.

Astana mirrors the realities of a modern multinational and multi-confessional Kazakhstan: representatives of all races and major religions live and work together. The city has become a venue for a number of public forums dedicated to interethnic and interfaith cooperation.