World's largest landlocked country
6 Sept, 2013 | From Anatoliy Remnev of Kazakhstan
Anatoliy sent me this postcard set featuring the city of Astana where he now lives.
Kazakhstan, officially the Republic of Kazakhstan, is a contiguous transcontinental country in Central Asia, with its smaller part west of the Ural River in Europe. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country by land area and the ninth largest country in the world; its territory of 2,727,300 square kilometres (1,053,000 sq mi) is larger than Western Europe. It has borders with (clockwise from the north) Russia, China, Kyrgyzstan, Uzbekistan, and Turkmenistan, and also adjoins a large part of the Caspian Sea.
Kazakhstan is endowed with an enormous diversity of mountain ecological systems due to the high altitude zones. It is also ethnically and culturally diverse, in part due to mass deportations of many ethnic groups to the country during Joseph Stalin's rule.