Kazakhstan is our motherland. Kazakhstan is an independent republic in the Commonwealth of Independent States. It is second to Russia in its territory. Kazakhstan borders on Russia in the north, on Mongolia - in the east, on China - in the south - east. It borders on Kyrgyzstan and Uzbekistan in the south. It is washed by the Caspian Sea in the west.Astana is the capital of Kazakhstan. It is situated in the north of the country. It's now a big industrial, cultural, scientific and administrative centre of the republic. Kazakhstan has the population of about 14 million people. More than a hundred nationalities live there. There are a lot of rivers and lakes in Kazakhstan. The largest lake is Balkhash. People go fishing there. In the north-west there is the Aral Sea, it is becoming dead because of the poisoned environment.Kazakhstan is rich in national resources such as coal, iron, oil, different coloured metals. Kazakhstan is a great agricultural region. There are such big industrial centres in Kazakhstan as Almaty, Karaganda, Pavlodar, Pelropavlovsk, Taraz and others. A lot of people of different nationalities live in Kazakhstan in a friendly family. Our motto is "Peace and Friendship".