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Zip Facts about Kazakhstan:

  • It has been difficult since the dismantling of the Soviet Union for Kazakhstan to find its democratic identity, especially because of its sluggish economy, the fact that a large percentage of the population is not Kazakh, and that the main language is Russian, not Kazakh
  • Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world, but does have one of the world’s largest lakes, Lake Balkhash, which is half fresh water and half salt water
  • Horses are central to the Kazakhstani culture, and is believed to be the place where the first human rode a horse. The contemporary Kazakhs own horses, ride them for transportation, race them, farm with them, and even eat them on special occasions
  • Everyday cuisine in Kazakhstan usually contains a meat, bread, and an additional starch, such as noodles, rice, or potatoes. Pilaf, Russian borscht, and Shashkik (marinated meat) are common, and their tea drinking is often ritualistic
  • It is believed that apples have been around for over five million years, originally growing wild like crabapples, and eaten by horses on the steppes of Central Asia, in areas such as current Kazakhstan

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