23 Facts About Almaty


Almaty, formerly known as Alma-Ata, is the largest city in Kazakhstan, with a population of about 2 million.

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Almaty is still the major commercial and cultural centre of Kazakhstan, as well as its most populous and most cosmopolitan city.

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The city was the host for a 1978 international conference on Primary Health Care where the Almaty Declaration was adopted, marking a paradigm shift in global public health.

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Since then Almaty has been referred to as the 'southern capital' of Kazakhstan.

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Almaty remains the largest, most developed, and most ethnically and culturally diverse city in Kazakhstan.

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Name Almaty has its roots in the medieval settlement Almatau, that existed near the present-day city.

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The first line of the Almaty metro was launched on 1 December 2011, two weeks ahead of schedule.

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In 2008, Almaty was ranked the 9th most polluted city in the world.

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Almaty was the site of a notorious terrorist attack in July 2016, when Jihadist Ruslan Kulikbayev killed eight police officers and two civilians in a shootout and car chase.

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In January 2022, Almaty was plunged into unrest as part of a national political crisis.

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Almaty has a humid continental climate with hot summers and cold winters.

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Metropolitan area centred upon Almaty includes the cities and towns of Esik, Kaskelen, Talgar, and Kapchagay, and much of Enbekshikazakh, Jambyl, Ile, and Talgar districts, all of which lie within 1.

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Almaty is largely considered to be the heart and soul of Kazakhstan's classical and popular cultures.

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Contemporary Almaty has a more European vibe due to more cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating and public green space.

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Almaty is the historical and contemporary capital of intellectualism in Kazakhstan as a result of Almaty's location along the Ancient Silk Road and that many Russian intellectuals were exiled to the region and to Karlag.

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The nation is the most powerful economically in Central Asia and Almaty is a key financial center.

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One of the largest industries in Almaty is finance, and its financial exports make it a large contributor to Kazakhstan's balance of payments.

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Almaty is home to Halyk Bank, which is the largest bank in Central Asia, Kaspi Bank, and other major banks.

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Almaty is developing as a regional financial and business centre .

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Big Almaty Lake is a natural lake located in Trans-Ili Alatau mountains on 2511 above the sea level near Almaty .

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Almaty was the host of the 2017 Winter Universiade with bandy on the programme.

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Basketball team BC Almaty won the 2015 and 2016 editions of the Kazakhstan Basketball Cup.

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Almaty submitted a bid to host the 2022 Winter Olympics in August 2013, but lost to Beijing.

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