Like to know a little more about some of the planet’s most curious capitals? Take a look at these fun facts about Astana!
1. Where on Earth is Astana?
Astana is the capital city of Kazakhstan.
2. It rolls off the tongue.
Wondering how to say the name of this vibrant city? It’s pronounced As-tah-nuh.
3. It’s a pretty big city, truth be told.
The total land area of Astana is 274 square miles (710 square kilometers)…that’s slightly larger than Birmingham, England.
4. It’s much more sparse than you’d think.
Astana’s population was 1.002 million in 2017…that’s less than 1/3 of the population of Birmingham, England! It has a population density of around 3,656 residents per square mile.
5. Fairly far to see the sea!
Astana is located 1,138 ft above sea level.
6. Wrap up warm!
Kazakhstanis living in Astana enjoy an extreme continental climate with warm summers, very cold winters, a wide temperature range and an average annual temperature of just 38°F. Sounds pretty cold, doesn’t it? In fact, Astana is the second coldest capital city in the world after Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia.
7. Grab these details and fly.
Looking to fly yourself to Astana? You’ll need the coordinates of 51.1667° N, 71.4333° E.
8. A shopping mall… in a tent?
Make sure you visit Khan Shatyr if you’re in Astana; dubbed ‘the world’s largest tent’, it’s a huge shopping mall complete with restaurants, cinemas and even a jogging track!
9. A long road to becoming capital.
Although building in Astana started back in 1830, it didn’t become Kazakhstan’s capital until 1997!
10. What do people speak here?
The official languages of Astana are Kazakh and Russian.
11. Get that cash exchanged!
Kazakhstani Tenge is the official currency here.
12. It’s famed for its buildings.
Kazakhstan welcomed 4,926,000 tourists into the country in 2013, many of whom visited Astana for its thriving modern culture, traditional delights and iconic buildings (such as the ‘Chupa Chups’ fountain, the government building known as the ‘Lighter’, a circus building called ‘The Flying Saucer’, two tall gold buildings known as the ‘Buckets’, the ‘Cabbage’ concert hall and Kazakhstan’s National Archive, the ‘Egg’).
FAQs about Astana
What is Astana known for?
Astana is known for many things, but tourists tend to visit to see its incredible modern buildings and monuments. For example, the Baiterek Tree is considered to be the symbol of Astana.
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