Kazakhstan marks the Day of Astana

July 6. Kazpravda

By Nazymgul Kumyspaeva

Kazakhstan marks the Day of AstanaWithin 16 years Astana has become one of the most recognizable capitals in the world.

July 6th Kazakhstanis celebrate 16th birthday of Astana.

October 20, 1997, Akmola became the new capital of Kazakhstan (after Almaty) under the President’s Decree. May 6, 1998 the city was renamed to Astana. From then until 2006 the Day of Astana was celebrated on June 10. 8 years ago the Day became a public holiday and was moved to July 6.

In 1999, UNESCO awarded the title “The city of the world” to the Kazakh capital.

Within 16 years Astana has become one of the most recognizable capitals in the world. Located in the heart of the Eurasian continent, it is the cost-effective transport, communications and logistics center, the unique transit bridge between Europe and Asia.

Astana regularly hosts the Congresses of Leaders of World and Traditional Religions, Astana Economic Forum and other events of international importance. In 2010, the main city of the Republic of Kazakhstan hosted the OSCE summit, which resulted in adoption of the Astana Declaration. In 2011, the anniversary summits of the SCO and OIC took place in Astana. The same year Astana and Almaty hosted VII Asian Winter Games. In 2012, Astana won the right to host the EXPO 2017.

Every year new unique architectural structures and buildings are commissioned in the Kazakh capital. Thus, this year for the Day of Astana, the Library of Kazakhstan First President and the National Museum of Kazakhstan History were put into operation.

In Kazakhstan, the events, dedicated to the Day of Astana, started on June 20. During the holidays, the local residents and guests will enjoy international festivals, performances of Kazakhstan and world stars, marathons, etc. Astana administration opened a hot line – 8 (7172) 55-66-55 – where people can get information about the events.

Currently Astana has over 800 thousand residents- representatives of more than 120 nationalities.

Astana is the most northern capital of Asia and one of the coldest capitals of the world (warmer than Ulaanbaatar, but colder than Ottawa). The names of only two capitals of the world are translated as “capital” – Astana and Seoul.