Living in Kazakhstan



Kazakhstan relies heavily on its mineral industry that is dominated by oil, aluminum and zinc. There are government efforts to reduce this reliance, and explore other possibilities for income generation.

Today, the country's finance, service and tourism sectors are gaining ground. The influx of expats brings a massive impact to Kazakhstan’s tourism industry.

The Kazakhs can be a very courteous bunch, especially when they are at work. Between acquaintances, handshakes are very common and rather expected. And no matter how often they meet in the office in a single day, it is basic business etiquette to shake hands each time. Academic and professional titles are also very important when calling out a colleague's name, except between close friends.  Exchange of business cards is done very casually but is considered essential to all initial business dealings. 

Working hours may depend on the employer's specific conditions, but the Labor Code of the Republic of Kazakhstan prohibits work exceeding any of the common working schedules being practiced locally. For example, for a 40-hour work week, one should not work more than 9 hours a day; for a 36-hour work week, work cannot exceed 7 hours and 12 minutes a day; for a 24-hour week, no one can be made to work beyond 5 hours. The cost of living Kazakhstan is moderate except in Almaty, which is considered one of the most expensive places to live in the world.  

Foreigners may consider other richer countries when planning to relocate but for those who are already living in Kazakhstan, this country possesses great economic potential. After all, it has the fourth largest gold mine in the world, and its oil deposits are also some of the richest around the globe.


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