The Capital of Kazakhstan since 1997 (till that year the capital was in Alma-Ata city). Former names - Akmolinsk, Tselinograd, Akmola. The city is located in the central part of Kazahstan on the Ishim river. A population about 600 thousand (and constantly increases). Sights: the Bayterek (symbolical monument of the sacred Tree of Life), the Duman Entertainment Complex (the farthest oceanarium from World Ocean in the world), the building of Parliament, the Congress-Hall etc.
Astana became a capital of the Republic of Kazakhstan on December 10,1997.
Astana is the city of contrasts.
Kazakhstan is NOT Borat's motherland!
Shorter for "Kazakhstan"(Republic of Kazakhstan).
Also it's used on the Internet for a designation of the main domain name of this country.
I'm going to leave Kazakhstan.
All kazakhs sites have the ".kz" as the main domain name.