Kazakhstan Country Quiz

What do you know about this "stan" country with an unspellable name? Try to guess these facts about the country of Kazakhstan.
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Last updated: May 15, 2020
First submittedNovember 22, 2014
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Capital of Kazakhstan
Nur-sultan
Former name of that capital
Astana
Most populous city
Almaty
Countries that border
Kazakhstan
Russia
China
Kyrgyzstan
Uzbekistan
Turkmenistan
Most-practiced religion
Islam
Most important export
Oil
Country from which Kazakhstan
gained its independence in 1991
Soviet Union
Khan who conquered the region
in the 1200s
Genghis Khan
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Holiday celebrated on January 7
Christmas
World's largest inland sea, which
Kazakhstan borders
Caspian Sea
Once the world's second largest inland sea,
now almost entirely evaporated
Aral Sea
The most famous fictional Kazakhstani
(in the western world)
Borat
Much of Kazakshtan consists of
this Eurasian grassland biome
Steppe
Animal that some believe was first
domesticated in the region
Horse
Ancient trade route that passed
thorough Kazakhstan
Silk Road
The Baikonur Cosmodrome, currently
leased to Russia, is the world's largest...
Spaceport
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Level 72
May 15, 2020
It seems a bit useless to have both Turk(ic) and Turkmenistan.
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Level ∞
May 16, 2020
Swapped out the Turkic question.
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Level 75
May 16, 2020
Surely potassium is their biggest export?
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Level 49
Jul 13, 2020
was my first guess haha
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Level 60
Sep 3, 2020
it's asking for the most important export though, which seems like something that could be debated
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Level 57
Sep 3, 2020
All other countries have inferior potassium.
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Level 74
May 16, 2020
Akmola was also a former name of Nur-sultan
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Level 39
Apr 8, 2021
akmola is a region. i think it was the inspiration for the name but could be wrong?
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Level 56
Apr 16, 2021
Actually, the city has changed its name four times in the last sixty years! In 1961, it was named Akmolinsk. Then the name was changed to Tselinograd (hence the IATA airport code TSE, valid until 2020), then to Akmola, to Astana, and finally to Nur-Sultan. I bet we're going to see another change in our lifetime.
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Level 55
May 17, 2020
Can you add more names for Genghis Khan? I tried Dengis, Djengis, Dzjengis and then Kublai and then thought: must've been another Khan then...
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Level 62
Jun 16, 2020
I've never seen any of those names in English before. He's fairly universally known as Genghis.
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Level 60
Aug 11, 2020
It's spelled Chinggis everywhere in Central Asia (and by many historians), that should at least be added.
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Level 68
Sep 3, 2020
That's not universal at all. For example in Sweden he's known as Djingis Khan.
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Level 76
Sep 3, 2020
It makes sense to accept alternative spellings of words that are originally not in the latin alphabet.
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Level 67
May 23, 2020
Great selection of questions! If you would have told me I could answer 15 questions about Kazakhstan correctly I would be laughing haha, I would think I would get 2, its capital and how it is spelled.

(I would have gotten 16, cause I new what was meant in the last question, I just could not come up with the (english) word space, sky and star was the closest thing my mind could make of it haha)

Missed the export, holiday, and the 2 remaining city questions

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Level 74
Jul 8, 2020
Uzbekistan and Turkmenistan are out of order alphabetically.
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Level 60
Sep 3, 2020
The bordering countries are not arrange alphabetically, rather in order of clockwise rotation.
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Level 84
Jul 22, 2020
Kazakhstan has a great flag, striking design and colors. It's one of the few I always know on flag quizzes.
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Level 83
Sep 3, 2020
we worship the hawk
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Level 32
Dec 9, 2020
Indeed my comrade. Indeed.
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Level 68
Mar 1, 2021
Absolutely love their flag. I think it's my favorite.
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Level 86
Sep 3, 2020
Wow. Christmas was a total guess. Never knew about that.
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Level 60
Sep 3, 2020
Orthodox Christmas*
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Level 76
Sep 3, 2020
*Eastern Orthodox Christmas, in certain jurisdictions
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Level 49
Jan 27, 2021
Yes, according to Julian calendar.
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Level 61
Sep 3, 2020
Nur-sultan has more former names likes Akmola or Tselinograd. Check it or be more precise.
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Level 73
Sep 3, 2020
If you know those two, you would most certainly try Astana as well? Sometimes we have to distinguish between all the things that could have been correct, and what we know the question is asking for.
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Level 70
Sep 3, 2020
Small typo in the spelling of Kazakhstan in the grassland biome question
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Level 73
Sep 5, 2020
Another typo in the Silk Road clue as well. "thorough" should be spelled "through".
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Level 65
Sep 7, 2021
Piling on, the 's' in Nur-Sultan should be capitalised.
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Level 21
Sep 3, 2020
I don't follow the name of Nur Sultan as well. Most people still call it Astana and some people do follow it, which is OK. But also, people don't, like said.
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Level 62
Sep 3, 2020
Officialy it is Nur-Sultan and that is what counted.
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Level 60
Sep 3, 2020
Even though the official name changed to Nur-Sultan, I quite like the previous name Astana. It has a nice ring to it.
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Level 65
Mar 21, 2021
Astana is more guessed than Nur-Sultan, so I can only assume many people on Jetpunk don't know about the name change.
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Level 48
Sep 3, 2020
17/20 Wow! I didn't expect to know so much about Kazakhstan! I thought I was gonna get lower! XD
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Level 73
Sep 3, 2020
No question about apples? okay.
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Level 49
Sep 4, 2020
My wife!
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Level 60
Sep 8, 2020
Who on earth is Borat??
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Level 55
Oct 25, 2020
Borat Margaret Sagdiyev is most famous journalist and cultural ambassador for the glorious nation of Kazakhstan! Mr. Borat has done Cultural Learnings of America for make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan, and more recently, Delivery of Prodigious Bribe to American Regime for Make Benefit Once Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan!
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Level 66
Oct 26, 2020
If people still don't know who he is by now, he will almost certainly be execute.
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Level 27
Dec 19, 2020
Should have asked who is the number 5 prostitute in all the land
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Level 55
Jan 11, 2021
Kazakhstan: number 1 exporter of potassium, all other counties have inferior potassium
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Level 45
Feb 3, 2021
Very Nice Quiz!
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Level 52
Apr 7, 2021
For the question "Khan who conquered the region in the 1200s" I wrote just Khan and my answer was correct.
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Level 45
Apr 28, 2021
question 13 kazakhstan is misspelled
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Level 62
Jun 22, 2021
It seems kind of weird saying that Kazakhstan gained independence from the Soviet Union, when they were the last ones to leave.
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Level 47
Aug 11, 2021
for the khan question, you can just type khan!