Official Symbols of Kazakhstan

Embodiment of Kazakh statehood & national identity

The state symbols of the Republic incorporate cultural and historical imagery and represent Kazakh statehood.

Symbol of Life & Eternity

The State Emblem is wheel-shaped - a nomadic symbol of life and eternity and colored gold as a symbol of wealth, justice and magnanimity. At center is the shanyrak, which is placed atop the yurt (traditional nomadic dwelling) for ventalation for the family’s fire and symbolizes the homeland spanning across the Great Steppe. As is often the case, a blue sky of the Great Steppe symbolically backgrounds the shanyrak, which irradiates dual representation of golden rays of sunlight, and the uyks that give structure and strength to the yurt. Two mythical winged quarter horses at the flanks symbolize bravery; the wings, the dream of the multinational people of Kazakhstan to build a strong and prosperous nation. A five-pointed star is centered at the top to reflect the dream of building a republic open to all countries of the world for cooperation and partnership. The emblem is anchored by the latin script Qazaqstan.

Image of the sun with a soaring steppe eagle

The blue flag, designed by Shaken Niyazbekov, is a representation of the pure sky and peace and prosperity. The sun on the flag is a representation of life, energy and openness; the soaring steppe eagle illustrates the power, sovereignty and high aspirations of the state. The vertical band with the Turkic ornamental patterns along the flagstaff represent the art and cultural traditions of the Kazakh people. The images of the sun, rays, eagle and ornament are of golden colour.

Menyn Kazakhstanym (My Kazakhstan)

The anthem is based on the 1956 patriotic song ‘Menyn Kazakhstanym’ (My Kazakhstan) by Shamshi Kaldayakov and Zhumeken Nazhimedenov, and remains popular. First President Nazarbayev modified the original lyrics to include socio-political and ethno-cultural consolidations mindful of Kazakhstan’s ethnic and religious diversity.

The Preamble

We, the people of Kazakhstan,
united by a common historic fate,
creating a state on the indigenous Kazakh land,
considering ourselves a peace-loving and civil society,
dedicated to the ideals of freedom, equality and concord,
wishing to take a worthy place in the world community,
realizing our high responsibility before the present and future generations,
proceeding from our sovereign right,
accept this Constitution.