Kazakhstan officially renames capital 'Nursultan' after ex-president

Kazakhstan officially renames capital
# 23 March 2019 11:15 (UTC +04:00)

Kazakhstan has officially changed the name of the Capital city - Astana to Nursultan, honoring its former president, Nursultan Nazarbayev, ONA reports.

One day after Nazarbayev resigned as president, the nation's new interim president, Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, suggested renaming the capital. Following a parliamentary vote, "Astana is now officially renamed Nursultan," reported the state-run news agency, Kazinform.

Astana became the capital of Kazakhstan over 20 years ago and has been the pride of the national government, evolving from a small town into a futuristic city. It's nowhome to over one million people.

The changing of the city's name is not a unique event in its history. Astana was previously called Akmolinsk, Tselinograd, and Akmola.

At Seterra, we're hoping that Kazakhstan decides to stick with the new capital name for a while. Many of our quizzes are affected by the change, but we plan to have them all updated very soon.