The Astana - The Capital Of Kazakhstan
Astana, formerly known as Akmola until 1998, Tselinograd until 1992 and
Akmolinsk until 1961, has been the capital of Kazakhstan since 1997, and is the
country's second largest city (after Almaty, the former capital) with an
officially estimated population of 775,800 as of 21 June 2012. It is located
in the north portion of Kazakhstan, within Akmola Province, though administrated
separately from the province as a federal city area. The current mayor of Astana
is Imangali Tasmagambetov. He was appointed on 4 April 2008.
After gaining capital status and the organization of a special economic zone
"Astana - New City", which is experiencing an unprecedented boom for the CIS
city became the second largest in the country and it sold a lot of modern
architectural and urban projects.