|Republic of Kazakhstan|
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6 The expatriate Christian community has been transformed from a patchwork of mostly short-term Anglo- and Russophones to a diverse but unified partnership, many of whom speak Kazakh and are committed long-term
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Declared independence after collapse of the USSR in 1991.
Under Communism all religion was suppressed.
Area 2,717,300 sq.km. Dominating Central Asia and trade routes between east and west.
Population (2000) 16,222,563 -0.35%AGR
Capital Astana 300,000.
Turkic/Altaic 60.4%; Indo-European 38.4%; All others 1.2%.
Literacy 97.5%. Official language Kazakh. All languages 6. Languages with Scriptures 2Bi 2NT 2por 1w.i.p.
Enormous oil and mineral reserves, large grain producer. HDI 0.740; 76th/174. Public debt 132% of GNP. Income/person $1,350 (4.3 % of USA).
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