Languages of Kazakhstan

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Languages of Kazakhstan
Idioma kazajo.png
The Kazakh-speaking world:
  regions where Kazakh is the language of the majority
  regions where Kazakh is the language of a significant minority
Official languages Kazakh -- official state language.
Semi-official languages Russian - using as official
Main languages Kazakh language.
Indigenous languages Dialects of Kazakh language
Minority languages Uzbek; Uyghur; Tatar; Kyrgyz; Azerbaijan; Korean;
Main immigrant languages Turkic languages
Main foreign languages English; Arabic (coming with Islam); Chinese;
Common keyboard layouts
The Kazakh keyboard.
Source Languages committee of the Ministry of culture and sports
Alphabet Kazakh alphabets
Kazakh Braille

The official languages of Kazakhstan are Kazakh with 5,290,000 speakers around the country and Russian which is spoken by 6,230,000 people. Both Kazakh and Russian are used on equal grounds.[1] German (958,000 speakers), Tajiki, Tatar (328,000 speakers), Turkish, Ukrainian (898,000 speakers), Uyghur (300,000 speakers),[2] and Uzbek are officially recognized by the 1997 Language Law, No. 151-1.[3][4] Other languages natively spoken in Kazakhstan are Dungan, Ili Turki, Ingush, Plautdietsch, and Sinte Romani.[5]

A number of more recent immigrant languages, such as Belarusian, Korean, Azeri, and Greek are also spoken.[6]


  1. ^ "Constitution of the Republic of Kazakhstan". Parliament of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  2. ^ "The Languages spoken in Kazakhstan". Studycountry. Retrieved 2017-08-11. 
  3. ^ "Kazakhstan". Ethnologue. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "О языках в Республике Казахстан". Government of the Republic of Kazakhstan. Retrieved 9 December 2015. 
  5. ^ "Kazakhstan". Ethnologue. Retrieved 21 December 2014. 
  6. ^ "Kazakhstan". Ethnologue. Retrieved 21 December 2014.