West Kazakhstan Region

West Kazakhstan Region
Батыс Қазақстан облысы
Западно-Казахстанская область
Region

Coat of arms

Map of Kazakhstan, location of West Kazakhstan Region highlighted
Coordinates: 51°14′N 51°22′E / 51.233°N 51.367°E / 51.233; 51.367Coordinates: 51°14′N 51°22′E / 51.233°N 51.367°E / 51.233; 51.367
Country  Kazakhstan
Capital Oral
Government
  Akim Altay Kul'ginov
Area[1]
  Total 151,339 km2 (58,432 sq mi)
Population (2013-02-01)[2]
  Total 618,261
  Density 4.1/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone West (UTC+5)
  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+5)
Postal codes 090000
Area codes +7 (711)
ISO 3166 code KZ-ZAP
Vehicle registration 07, L
Districts 12
Cities 2
Villages 512
Website bko.gov.kz

West Kazakhstan Region (Kazakh: Батыс Қазақстан облысы, translit. Batys Qazaqstan oblysy; Russian: Западно-Казахстанская область, translit. Zapadno-Kazakhstanskaya oblast) is a region of Kazakhstan. Its administrative centre is Oral (also known as Uralsk and Ural'sk), a city of about 200,000 inhabitants.

Geography

The region borders Russia and is near the Ural Mountains. The Ural River is the border between Asia and Europe and flows from Russia to the Caspian Sea through the region, meaning western West Kazakhstan is in Eastern Europe. West Kazakhstan region borders Aktobe Region to the east and Atyrau Region to the south, in addition to the following Russian Oblasts: Astrakhan Oblast to the south-west, Volgograd Oblast to the west, Saratov Oblast to the north-west, Samara Oblast to the north and Orenburg Oblast to the north-east.

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

Demographics

West Kazakhstan has an ethnic Kazakh population of 69.8% and a significant Russian minority of 27.4% of the population. The number of Ukrainians, Poles and Germans are very low due to the geography.

Administrative divisions

The region is divided into twelve districts and the city of Oral.[3]

Name Population Area (km²) Population dens. Capital Continent
Akzhaik45,50025,2001,8Chapaevboth
Bokey Orda18,40019,2001,0SaykynEurope
Borili55,1005,6009,8AksayAsia
Kaztal39,20018,6002,1KaztalEurope
Karatobe19,70010,0002,0KaratobeAsia
Zhanakala23,70020,8001,1ZhanakalaEurope
Zhanybek18,4008,2002,2ZhanybekEurope
Shyngyrlau19,4007,2002,7ShyngyrlauAsia
Zelenov53,7007,4007,3PeremyotnoyeEurope
Syrym26,50011,9002,2ZhympityAsia
Taskala19,1008,1002,4TaskalaEurope
Terekti43,2008,4005,1Fyodorovkaboth

Two localities in the region have town status. These are Oral and Aksay.[3]

Sport

The capital Oral is home to Kazakhstan's only professional bandy club, Akzhaiyk. In 2016 the national championship was won by the regional team [4] and in the variety rink bandy, a national title was obtained in 2014.[5]

References

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