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Atyrau province

Atyrau Oblast
Атырау облысы
Атырауская область

Manjali mosque

Coordinates: 47°07′0″N 51°53′0″E / 47.11667°N 51.88333°E / 47.11667; 51.88333Coordinates: 47°07′0″N 51°53′0″E / 47.11667°N 51.88333°E / 47.11667; 51.88333

Country Kazakhstan
Capital Atyrau
Government
 • Akim Bakhtykozha Izmukhambetov
Area
 • Total 118,600 km2 (45,800 sq mi)
Population (2013-02-01)[1]
 • Total 556,388
 • Density 4.7/km2 (12/sq mi)
Area code(s) +7 (712)
ISO 3166-2 KZ-ATY
Licence plate 06, E
Districts 7
Cities (inc towns) 2
Townships 10
Villages 188
Website Official website

Atyrau Oblast (Kazakh: Атырау облысы, Atıraw oblısı) is a province of Kazakhstan. It is situated in the west of the country around the northeast of the Caspian Sea. Its capital is the city of Atyrau, with a population of 142,500 people; the province itself has 480,000 people. Kazakhs make up more than 80% of population.

History

The Turan lowlands of Atyrau province were the central homeland for the Malkar "Hun" dynasties of late antiquity.

Geography

With an area of 118,600 square kilometers, it is the second-smallest province in Kazakhstan (South Kazakhstan Province is the smallest). It borders the neighboring country Russia to the west, as well as the fellow Kazakh provinces Aktobe Province (to the east), Mangystau (to the south), and the West Kazakhstan Province (to the north).

A large part of the province is situated in the oil-rich Caspian Depression; because of this, many oil wells have been drilled in the Tengiz Field and Kashagan Field areas. An pipeline runs from Atyrau to Samara, where it joins the Russian pipeline system. A separate oil pipeline runs from the Tengiz field to the Russian Black Sea port of Novorossiisk.

Atyrau is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.

Administrative divisions

The province is administratively divided into seven districts and the city of Atyrau. The districts are[2]

  1. Inder District, with the administrative center in the urban-type settlement of Inderbor;
  2. Isatay District, the selo of Akkystau;
  3. Kurmangazy District, the selo of Ganyushkino;
  4. Kyzylkoga District, the selo of Miyaly;
  5. Makat District, the urban-type settlement of Makat;
  6. Makhambet District, the selo of Makhambet;
  7. Zhylyoi District, the town of Kulsary.

Two localities in the oblast - Atyrau and Kulsary - have town status.

External links

  • Official website

References

  • National Geographic Atlas of the World, Eighth Edition.
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