An area of 2,724,900 km² makes Kazakhstan to the largest landlocked country in the world, although it has a shoreline at the Caspian Sea but the country has no immediate access to the world’s oceans. The multiethnic country has a population of 17,7 million people (in 2016), making it one of the most sparsely populated countries in the world and vast regions of the territory of the republic are uninhabited.
Kazakhstan has a space launch facility. And not just any space launch facility, but the world’s first and largest.
When it comes toa nature, the Kazakh Steppe is the biggest of its kind in the world, occupying a third of the country. Also is a home to a number of ski resorts, including Shymbulak – the largest ski resort in Central Asia. Kazakhstan has a nature reserve with about 1,300 species of flowering plants. Is called Aksu-Zhabagyly and has excellent guides, well-marked trails and biodiversity that includes ibex, argali sheep and golden eagles. Created by an earthquake in 1911, and hidden in the Tien Shan Mountains, Ethereal Lake Kaindy is a brilliantly turquoise lake and has faded spruce trees that poke out of the water creating a unique landscape
One of the country’s premier tourist attractions is the former home of the writer and novelist Fyodor Dostoyevsky, in Semey, near the border with Russia. It has been preserved as a museum, displaying notes from his most lauded works including “Crime and Punishment” and “The Idiot”.