Emblem of Kazakhstan
ArmigerRepublic of Kazakhstan
Adopted4 June 1992 (original cyrillic-text version)
1 November 2018 (current latin-text version)
CrestPentagonal star

The emblem of Kazakhstan (Kazakh: Қазақстан елтаңбасы, romanized: Qаzаqstаn eltаñbasy) was adopted on 4 June 1992. The designers of the emblem are Jandarbek Melibekov and Shot-Aman Ualikhan [kk]. About 245 projects and 67 description designs of the future arms took part in the final competition.[1] Like other post-Soviet republics whose symbols do not predate the October Revolution, the current emblem retains some components of the Soviet one, in this case, rising sun rays and star. Prior to 1992, Kazakhstan had an emblem similar to all other Soviet Republics.

In March 2024, President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev announced that the emblem would soon be changed because of its complicated and "Soviet-like" design. The new emblem will be decided through a contest.[2]


The emblem is an image of a shanyrak (Kazakh: Шаңырақ, Şañyraq; more often seen in the Russian transcription, Шанырак, shanyrak), the upper dome-like portion of a yurt, against a sky blue background which irradiates (in the form of sun rays) uyks (supports) set off by wings of mythical horses, inspired by Tulpar, which represent bravery.[3] The circle shape of the emblem is a symbol of life and eternity. The shanyrak symbolizes family well-being, peace and calmness.

A design very similar to the Kazakh shanyraq is used in the flag of neighbouring Kyrgyzstan; it is known as tunduk in Kyrgyz.

The colour version of the national emblem of the Republic of Kazakhstan consists of two colours: gold and sky blue. The golden colour corresponds to the bright, clear future of the Kazakh people, and the blue sky colour is a symbol of aspiration for peace, consent, friendship and unity with all people.[4]

The name of the country in Kazakh, QAZAQSTAN, is in the lower part of the emblem. The name was in the Cyrillic script (ҚA3AҚCTAH) before the national standard of the emblem of Kazakhstan was amended on 1 November 2018.[5]


See also


  1. ^ Official site of the Akimat of Pavlodar Province – National emblem of the Republic of Kazakhstan Archived July 21, 2011, at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Радиосы, Азаттық (15 March 2024). "Тоқаев Ұлттық құрылтайда елтаңба өзгеретінін жариялап, "қазақ тілін ешкімді мәжбүрлемей дамыту" жайлы айтты". Азаттық Радиосы (in Kazakh). Radio Free Europe. Retrieved 15 March 2024.
  3. ^ "TAZI". Archived from the original on 2016-03-04. Retrieved 2012-03-09.
  4. ^ Official site of the President of Kazakhstan – National emblem of the Republic of Kazakhstan
  5. ^ «О некоторых вопросах стандартизации»: "По всему тексту стандарта и в Приложениях А-З слово «ҚАЗАҚСТАН» на кириллице заменить на «QAZAQSTAN» на латинской графике."
  6. ^ "ГЕРБ КАЗАХСТАНА" (in Russian).