Located in Central Asia, Kazakhstan is the largest landlocked country in the world and, with 2.7 million km2, the ninth largest in terms of land area - more than 1,000 times larger than the territory of Luxembourg (2,586 km2).
Kazakhstan is the most dominant nation of Central Asia economically and politically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil and gas industry.
Kazakhstan declared sovereignty on its territory as a republic within the Soviet Union on 25 October 1990. Following an aborted coup attempt in Moscow in August 1991, Kazakhstan declared independence on 16 December 1991, thus becoming the last Soviet republic to declare independence.
The national holiday is celebrated for two days on 16 and 17 December each year. If the 16 December falls on a weekend, the following Monday is declared a holiday. Yurts (traditional tents) are set up in many villages where local delicacies are served.
Kazakh community in Luxembourg
As of 30 September 2021, there were 158 Kazakhs registered as inhabitants of Luxembourg according to the Government IT Centre (Centre des technologies de l'information de l'Etat - CTIE).
The Eurasian Resources Group (ERG), a leading diversified natural resources group headquartered in Luxembourg, organised the screening of the Kazakh film "Horse thieves. The Roads of Time" on 15 December 2021 at Kinepolis Kirchberg, as part of the Kazakh Film Festival in Europe and to mark the 30th anniversary of Kazakhstan's independence.
Moreover, the Kazakhstan-Luxembourg Cooperation (KLC) is organising an "Apero with Kazakhs" with music and dance at the "Ennert de Steiler" bar in Luxembourg City today, 16 December 2021 from 18:00.