Most of us had never heard of Kazakhstan before Sasha Baron Cohen lampooned it in his Borat film. That ‘mockumentary’ has little to do with the real place. Following the breakup of the Soviet Union, Kazakhstan became the world’s ninth largest country. Characterized by its vast steppes, Kazakhstan remains largely untrodden by the feet of tourists. However, those seeking adventure will find a surprisingly large amount to do and see in Central Asia’s most prosperous country. The following 10 facts might surprise you, particularly if you’ve only heard about the country from Borat.
1. It Is One of The World’s Most Multicultural Countries
The vast country of Kazakhstan has a population a little over 18 million. It happens to be one of the most multicultural countries in the world, with only 64% of the population being native Kazakhs. Although by far the largest minority group is Russian, Kazakhstan’s major cities, particularly Almaty, have large expat communities comprising nationalities from all over the world including Germans, Ukrainians and Koreans. Who knew?