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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: September 15, 2022
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First submittedNovember 22, 2014
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Capital of Kazakhstan
Astana
Name of that capital from 2019–2022
Nur-sultan
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
64 Comments
+6
Level 74
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 79
May 16, 2020
Surely potassium is their biggest export?
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Level 58
Jul 13, 2020
was my first guess haha
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Level 59
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 61
Sep 3, 2020
All other countries have inferior potassium.
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Level 75
May 16, 2020
Akmola was also a former name of Nur-sultan
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Level 70
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 72
Feb 17, 2023
And we're back to Astana.
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Level 59
Nov 11, 2022
This aged well
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Level 68
Nov 25, 2022
Yep, took less time than I expected
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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 71
Sep 3, 2020
That's not universal at all. For example in Sweden he's known as Djingis Khan.
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Level 78
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 68
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 78
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 88
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 82
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 50
Sep 20, 2022
RIP
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Level 71
Mar 1, 2021
Absolutely love their flag. I think it's my favorite.
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Level 90
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 78
Sep 3, 2020
*Eastern Orthodox Christmas, in certain jurisdictions
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Level 47
Jan 27, 2021
Yes, according to Julian calendar.
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Level 62
Sep 3, 2020
Nur-sultan has more former names likes Akmola or Tselinograd. Check it or be more precise.
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Level 82
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 72
Sep 5, 2020
Another typo in the Silk Road clue as well. "thorough" should be spelled "through".
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Level 73
Sep 7, 2021
Piling on, the 's' in Nur-Sultan should be capitalised.
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Level 20
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 66
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 66
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 46
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 74
Sep 3, 2020
No question about apples? okay.
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Level 50
Sep 4, 2020
My wife!
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Level 59
Sep 8, 2020
Who on earth is Borat??
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Level 58
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 67
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 56
May 7, 2022
A fictional character in the movie "Borat" starring Sacha Baron Cohen that many people found funny but I found ridiculous and hurtful to the many decent people I met in Kazakhstan soon after the collapse of the USSR who were doing the best they could in an incredibly difficult time.
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Level 76
Mar 28, 2023
Kazakhstan greatest country in the world, all other countries are run by little girls

Kazakhstan number 1 exporter of potassium, all other countries have inferior potassium

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Level 26
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 54
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 61
Apr 28, 2021
question 13 kazakhstan is misspelled
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Level 69
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 55
Aug 11, 2021
for the khan question, you can just type khan!
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Level 45
Jun 29, 2022
Great quiz, I got 20 out of 20. I did not expect that.
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Level 50
Aug 18, 2022
Kazakhstan is unspellable? You mean Kirgistan, or Kyrgstan, or Kyrgyzstan, whatever it is. :P
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Level 64
Sep 20, 2022
The demonym for Kazakhstan is Kazakh, not Kazakhstani
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Level 52
May 20, 2023
No, Kazakhstani is anyone who is a citizen of Kazakstan, Kazakh is an ethnicity
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Level 69
Nov 4, 2022
I had no idea they changed the name back.
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Level 60
Feb 15, 2023
20/20 Didn't know "Nur Sultan" is no longer the Capital. Long live Astana.
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Level 67
Apr 18, 2023
Missed Aral, Almaty, and Steppe
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Level 45
Apr 28, 2023
I feel like the description should have been used in the kyrgyzstan quiz,lol
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Level 43
Jul 12, 2023
I love Kazakhstan. I spent some time there a few years back and I miss it a lot. Be prepared for almost no one to know english if you go though, lol.
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Level 83
Dec 13, 2023
Tenge (currency) would make more sense than Orthodox Christmas
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Level 26
May 15, 2024
interesting one :) i would have gotten 14 , if it had accepted orthodox christmas