Akmola Province (Kazakh: Ақмола облысы, Aqmola oblısı Russian: Акмолинская область, Akmolinskaya oblast) is a centrally located province of Kazakhstan. Its capital is Kokshetau. The capital of the whole country, Astana, is enclosed by the province, but is politically separate from Akmola Province. The province's population is 748,300; Kokshetau's is 124,000. The area is 146,200 square kilometers. It and Karagandy Province are Kazakhstan's only two provinces which don't touch the country's outer borders. Akmola Province borders North Kazakhstan Province in the north, Pavlodar Province in the east, Karagandy Province in the south, and Kostanay Province in the west. Some gold and coal mining occur in the area.
Aqmola or Akmola in Kazakh language means the white burial.
Ethnic Kazakhs account for 43.5% of the population in 2009 census, compared to 36.5% for Russians.
Administrative divisions 
The province is administratively divided into seventeen districts and the cities of Kokshetau and Stepnogorsk.
- Akkol District, with the administrative center in the town of Akkol;
- Arshaly District, the settlement of Arshaly;
- Astrakhan District, selo of Astrakhanka;
- Atbasar District, the town of Atbasar;
- Bulandy District, the town of Makinsk;
- Burabay District, the town of Shchuchinsk;
- Egindikol District, the selo of Egindikol;
- Enbekshilder District, the town of Stepnyak;
- Ereymentau District, the town of Ereymentau;
- Esil District, the town of Esil;
- Korgalzhyn District, the selo of Korgalzhyn;
- Sandyktau District, the selo of Balkashino;
- Shortandy District, the settlement of Shortandy;
- Tselinograd District, the selo of Akmol;
- Zerendi District, the selo of Zerendi;
- Zhaksy District, the settlement of Zhaksy;
- Zharkain District, the town of Derzhavinsk.
The following ten localities in Akmola Province have town status: Akkol, Atbasar, Derzhavinsk, Ereymentau, Esil, Kokshetau, Makinsk, Shchuchinsk, Stepnogorsk, and Stepnyak.
Notable residents 
- David Rigert, weightlifter, Olympic champion, 5x world champion (light-heavyweight and heavyweight), 68 world records
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