13 Facts About Astana


On 16 July 1999, Astana was awarded the medal and title of the City of Peace by UNESCO.

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Migrant workers—legal and illegal—have been attracted from across Kazakhstan and neighbouring states such as Uzbekistan and Kyrgyzstan, and Astana is a magnet for young professionals seeking to build a career.

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Metropolitan area centered upon Astana includes the Arshaly, Shortandy, Tselinograd and Akkol districts of Akmola Region.

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Since 2003, Astana has hosted the Congress on World and Traditional Religions, which is a diverse gathering of religious leaders to discuss religious harmony and ending terrorism and extremism.

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The FC Astana-1964 is based in the Kazhymukan Munaitpasov Stadium and plays in the Astana Municipal Football League.

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The Barys Astana, a founding member of the Kontinental Hockey League in 2008 and based in the Barys Arena.

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The oldest university in Astana is the S Seifullin Kazakh Agro Technical University founded in 1957.

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The Haileybury Astana school was established in 2011, as a branch of the Haileybury and Imperial Service College, an independent school in The United Kingdom.

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The QSI International School of Astana is an international school that provides an American curriculum to its students.

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In 2011, the Akimat of Astana established a company to implement a series of changes and programmes in the metropolis known as the "New transport system of Astana".

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The strategic geographical positioning of Astana allows the city to serve as a transport and reload centre for cargoes formed at adjacent stations in the area.

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On 1 July 2010, at the 153rd General Assembly of Bureau International des Expositions held in Paris, representatives from then-Astana presented the city's bid to host the Specialised Expo 2017.

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Smart Astana project is an initiative developed by the then-Astana city administration that incorporates technology-driven solutions in various sectors, like hospitals, schools, the ticket booking system and street lighting.

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