Akmola Province (Kazakh: Ақмола облысы, Aqmola oblısı, اقمولاوبلىسىRussian: 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.