Batken

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Batken
Баткен
Batken is located in Kyrgyzstan
Batken
Batken
Location in Kyrgyzstan
Coordinates: 40°4′N 70°50′E / 40.067°N 70.833°E / 40.067; 70.833Coordinates: 40°4′N 70°50′E / 40.067°N 70.833°E / 40.067; 70.833
Country Flag of Kyrgyzstan.svg Kyrgyzstan
Province Batken Province
District Batken District
Government
 • Gubernator Sultanbay Ayjigitov
Population (2009)
 • Total 13,435
Area code(s) +996 3622

Batken (also called Batkent) is a small town of about 13,000 population, in southwestern Kyrgyzstan, on the southern fringe of the Fergana Valley. It is the capital of the Batken Province.

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The name Batkent is from the Iranian language of Sogdian and means "The city of wind". Batken became the administrative headquarters of the youngest of Kyrgyzstan's seven oblasts, created from the three westernmost raions of the former Osh oblast in 1999, after concerns over radical Islamist activities in neighboring Tajikistan and Uzbekistan led to demands for a more direct and visible governmental presence in this remote and mountainous region. Batken Airport links the town with Bishkek. Since 2000, there is a small university in Batken.

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