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Basic facts about Kazakhstan

azzkikRazzkikR 1 year - Expatriate
edited October 2015 in Moving to KZ ?
Kazakhstan is 9th largest counry in the world. First language is kazakh, second is russian, but most people speaks russian only and don't know kazakh language because we were in USSR. Only 16 million people are living here, the population density is 6.3. Kazahstan not well known because we're still developing the country. We've got a lot of natural resources like oil, gas etc. The capital city of Kazahstan is Astana and the largest city is Almaty. We can say that Almaty is the most beautiful and developed city in Kazahstan. Kazakhstan includes 16 cities itself. In Almaty you can go skiing, ice rink on Medeo. Here are lots of restaurants and launge bars, if you want to visit. If you want to shop, you can go to Esentai Mall shopping mall, Mega centre they have lots of options what you want to buy. Kazakhstan's economic is not good right now because of devaluation. Kazakhstan is one of the most corrupted countries and there are good things and bad things about it.

In daily life Kazakhs eat some of their own national dishes, but have borrowed some from the Russians, Ukrainians, Uzbeks, and Turks that they live among. Daily meals for Kazakhs usually are very hearty, always including bread and usually another starch such as noodles or potatoes and then a meat. One common dish is pilaf, which is often associated with the Uzbeks. It is a rice dish usually made with carrots, mutton, and a lot of oil. Soups, including Russian borsch, also are very common. Soups in Kazakhstan can be made of almost anything. Borsch is usually red (beet-based) or brown (meat-based), with cabbage, meat, sometimes potatoes, and usually a large dollop of sour cream. Pelimnin, a Russian dish that is made by filling small dough pockets with meat and onions, is very popular with all nationalities in Kazakhstan and is served quite often as a daily meal.

Medicine in Kazakhstan is not developed. There are some hospitals in Kazakhstan where it is possible to get good health care, but many more are in poor repair, without heat or electricity, lacking basic drugs and medical supplies, and staffed by underqualified and severely underpaid doctors and nurses. Doctors are still trained under the Soviet system of specialties, with very few general practitioners. Doctors also rely heavily on symptomatic diagnosis, as they do not have access to the latest machines and testing devices, often simple blood tests cannot be done. Nevertheless, doctors are trusted and respected.



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