Kazakhstani tenge

Timur Zhansultanov, Kazakhstan

  • Tenge
    The national currency of the Republic of Kazakhstan is the tenge (the Kazakh tenge). Kazakhstan was one of the last CIS countries to introduce its own currency on November 15, 1993. The exchange was carried out within five days only. Although the tenge is a very young currency, its history contains many interesting facts. Let us look through the most interesting ones:

    - According to linguists, the Russian word meaning ‘money’ (‘dengi’) originated from the Turk word ‘tenge’;
    - The Kazakh tenge is one of the best protected world currencies – the currency has 17 degrees of protection;
    - The International Bank Note Society (IBNS) recognized the Kazakh tenge to be the most beautiful currency in the world. In 2011, the ten thousand tenge banknote received this title, in 2012, it was the five thousand tenge banknote, and in 2013, the one thousand tenge banknote was awarded.
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    The average wages in Kazakhstan constitute 143,822 tenge. In regional terms, the highest wages are paid in the oil-producing regions (256,232 tenge) and in the country’s capital (203,466 tenge) (this information has been provided by the Statistics Committee of the Ministry of National Economy of the Republic of Kazakhstan).An average resident of the country’s capital spends the major part of his or her wages on food, while the remaining money is spent on consumer goods and various services.This series of photos and short texts gives you an idea on what an average resident of Astana can spend the banknotes of 200, 500, 1,000, 2,000, 5,000, 10,000 and 20,000 tenge.
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    200 KZT
    a pack of milk
    A chocolate bar
    1.5 l of water
    1 kg of potatoes
    2 loaves of bread
    1 l of Coke
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    500 KZT
    a short taxi trip
    2 kg of flour
    A mug of beer in a bar
    A pack of tea
    1 l of vegetable oil
    1 kg of apples
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    1,000 KZT
    a cup of coffee on a coffee-shop
    1 kg of chicken filet
    A monthly telephone subscription pay
    1 kg of peaches
    A pack of 10 tickets for public transportation trips
    A portion of shawarma
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    2,000 KZT
    a cinema ticket
    1 kg of meat
    A ticket to the Astana Opera
    A roll of sausage
    A bottle of medium-quality wine
    A train ticket as far as the nearest regional center from Astana
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    5,000 KZT
    an average bill for two in a street restaurant
    A woman’s haircut
    35 liters of gasoline AI-92
    1 kg of nuts (hazelnuts/ pistachios/ almonds)
    An average-size bunch of flowers
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    10,000 KZT
    a season subscription for the Astana Velobike
    A one-day stay in a rented flat in Astana
    A one-way ticket for the Astana-Almaty fast train
    A body massage
    100 gigabytes of mobile Internet
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    20,000 KZT
    a cartful of food for two weeks
    A one-way plane ticket Astana-Almaty
    A monthly subscription for a gym
    Utilities payment for one month
    A penalty for speeding by 10-20 km/hour




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