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Astana

Administration
Full nameAstana
Official nameAstana
Native nameАстана
CountryKazakhstan
Founded1998
Government
Akim (mayor)Imangali Tasmagambetov
Geography
Total Area278.7 sq mi (722 km2)
Metro Area0 sq mi (|area_metro_sq_mi= km2)
Elevation1138.5 ft (347|elevation_ft= m)
Demography
Total Population708794 (August 1, 2010)
Density (pop.)958/km2 (2481.2/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneBTT (UTC+6)
Postal code010000 010015
Area code+7 7172
ISO 3166-2AST
License plateZ

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Astana ( ), formerly known as Akmola (Kazakh: Ақмола / Aqmola, until 1998), Tselinograd ( , until 1992) and Akmolinsk (Russian: Акмолинск, until 1961), is the capital and second largest city (after Almaty) of Kazakhstan, with an officially estimated population of 708,794 as of 1 August 2010. It is located in the north-central 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.


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