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214078.  Thu Sep 27, 2007 7:41 am Reply with quote

Kazakhstan is the world's leading producer of barite, lead, and wolfram and second-largest of zinc and silver.

Ian Dunn
245701.  Sun Dec 16, 2007 2:42 pm Reply with quote

Kazakhstan declared it's independence on 16 December, 1991, (As of writing this post, it is the 16th anniversary today.) although it offically gained independence on Christmas Day.

It has the 62nd largest population in the world. Just over half the population (53.7% in 2003) are Muslim. The second largest religion is Baptist Christians (12.3%).

On 18 June, 2006, the country launched its first commercial satellite, KazSat 1.

The adult literacy rate is 99.5%, compared to the UK and USA who are at 99%.

Kazakhstan on Wikipedia

265950.  Sat Jan 26, 2008 2:28 pm Reply with quote

djgordy wrote:
Anyway, it seems that Kazakhstan is a very Not Quite Interesting country. The only points of interest are that it lies on the shores of a sea which might not be a sea and the only person from Kazakhstan that anyone has ever heard of doesn't even come from there.

Ahem, apples are from Kazakhstan.
Tulips too.
The capital city, Astana (population 600,000 in 2007) has increased from a population of just 100,000 in 1960.

Also, Leon Trotsky was exiled to Almaty (then called Alma-Ata) in 1928.

Ian Dunn
407160.  Sun Sep 14, 2008 10:07 am Reply with quote

The people of Kazakhstan do seem to have a sense of humour. The channel Khabar Agency have recently brought the rights to broadcast The Vicar of Dibley.

Story from the BBC

407195.  Sun Sep 14, 2008 11:14 am Reply with quote

Albert wrote:
I bumped into (literally) the president of Kazakhstan last week.

That's QI! I want to go on holiday to Kazakhstan (really) - did you get his phone number?

1058245.  Sun Feb 23, 2014 9:57 am Reply with quote

Kazakhstan became a member of European football a while ago. Asian country marketing, using European sports.

1058250.  Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:23 am Reply with quote

That isn't really particularly strange. It has long been the understanding within Russian that the Urals form the boundary between Europe and Asia.

Football in Kazakhstan is largely an interest of the ethnic Russian community, who make up about one third of the population. And those ethnic Russians have noted that 4% of Kazakhstan lies west of the Urals. Ergo, they say, it is reasonable to consider Kazakhstan as being in Europe.

For sure, some ethnic Kazakhs - and indeed other people of Turkic ethnicity elsewhere in formerly-Soviet Central Asia - have complained that this is silly, or that getting 4% of the vote does not win an election. (Although ethnic Kazakh politicians tend not to want to go down the latter road ...)

But at this point, all one need do is remind them that only 3% of Turkey is in Europe and yet Turkey has always played football as a European rather than an Asian nation.

1058324.  Sun Feb 23, 2014 6:01 pm Reply with quote

I assume we're all aware of the news that Kazakhstan wants to change its name, but just in case...

1058363.  Mon Feb 24, 2014 3:42 am Reply with quote

0% of Israel is in Europe.

1058509.  Mon Feb 24, 2014 11:23 am Reply with quote

all one need do is remind them that only 3% of Turkey is in Europe and yet Turkey has always played football as a European rather than an Asian nation.

Kazakhstan wasn't always a member of UEFA. Nevertheless I like the use of the fact that a country like Kazakhstan is both Asian and European, but I think it has to do with them wanting us to visit the oil-funded Astana Arena, despite the fact that it's less likely they'll ever win an UEFA nation's championship.

It doubt the country marketing fully works. Too far, too unknown, too many Stans.

1058519.  Mon Feb 24, 2014 12:07 pm Reply with quote

Zebra57 wrote:
0% of Israel is in Europe.

Well indeed.

But Israel plays its football as from Europe for political reasons. Until 1974, Israel was a member of the Asian Football Confederation. But in that year, Saudi Arabia informed the organization that it and all the other Arab nations would leave the AFC unless Israel was thrown out. The Malay President of the AFC at the time then acted disgracefully and did indeed expel Israel. (At the time, Iran was the only Muslim nation which would have had much chance of beating Israel - football in the Gulf had yet to develop. In the rest of Asia, only Japan and South Korea were then capable of giving Israel much of a game.)

If FIFA had any testicles, it would at this point have informed the Arab nations that this was not on. Any Arab nation refusing to play against Israel would be deemed to have lost the game 20-0, and would be suspended from all competitions.

But just for a change, FIFA had no testicles - and for two decades it deemed Israel as being in Oceania. This only changed in 1994 when Israel was accepted into Europe.

1063617.  Sat Mar 15, 2014 10:27 pm Reply with quote

0% of Israel is in Europe.

Well indeed.

But Israel plays its football as from Europe for political reasons.


1063619.  Sun Mar 16, 2014 3:12 am Reply with quote

suze wrote:
Zebra57 wrote:
0% of Israel is in Europe.
But Israel plays its football as from Europe for political reasons.
wiki wrote:
The political situation culminated in Israel winning the 1958 World Cup qualifying stage for Asia and Africa without playing a single game, forcing FIFA to schedule a playoff between Israel and Wales to ensure the team did not qualify without playing at least one game (which Wales won).

1150175.  Mon Sep 21, 2015 6:29 pm Reply with quote

The capital city, Astana

Astana means the capital.

Wikipedia wrote:
Founded in 1830 as the settlement of Akmoly (Kazakh: Ақмолы) or Akmolinsky prikaz (Russian: Акмолинский приказ), it served as fortification of the Siberian Cossacks. In 1832, the settlement was granted a town status and renamed Akmolinsk (Russian: Акмолинск). On 20 March 1961, the city was renamed to Tselinograd (Russian: Целиноград) to mark the city's evolution as a cultural and administrative center of the Virgin Lands Campaign. In 1992, it was renamed Akmola (Kazakh: Ақмола), the modified original name meaning "a white grave". On 10 December 1997, Akmola replaced Almaty to become the capital of Kazakhstan. On 6 May 1998, it was renamed Astana, which means "the capital" in Kazakh.

1150181.  Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:01 pm Reply with quote

I believe that Beijing, Seoul, and Tokyo too all mean "capital city" in the relevant languages.

And when it comes down to it, "Capital City" is a reasonable name for a capital city. It's better than calling your capital city "Boobs" like those crazy Australians did ...


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