(; ), officially the Republic of Kazakhstan
, is a country in Central Asia
, with a minor part west of the Ural River
and thus in Europe
. Kazakhstan is the world's largest landlocked country
by land area and the ninth largest
country in the world. Its territory of is larger than all of Western Europe
. In 2006, Kazakhstan had become the dominant nation of Central Asia economically, generating 60% of the region's GDP, primarily through its oil/gas industry. The country has vast mineral resources.