The Republic of Kazakhstan is the world's largest land-locked country and the last of the Soviet republics to declare independence after the fall of the USSR. The terrain varies among flatlands, steppe, taiga, rock canyons, hills, deltas, mountains, and deserts.
Kazakhstan is rich in natural resources and has a rich cultural heritage that dates back to the neolithic age. Approximately two-thirds of its 18 million people are native Kazakhs with Russian the second largest group at about 23%.
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