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A look around one of the world's coldest capitals


Astana has been the capital city of Kazakhstan since 1997, when it was moved from Almaty.

But its location in the middle of the Kazakh steppe - together with the harsh winter climate - has made Astana an unpopular choice for many in the country.

The BBC's Rayhan Demytrie offers a guided tour of the capital city - from a bird's-eye view.

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