Abay (town)

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Абай ауданы, Abay awdanı
Abay is located in Kazakhstan
Location in Kazakhstan
Coordinates: 49°37′52″N 72°51′14″E / 49.63111°N 72.85389°E / 49.63111; 72.85389Coordinates: 49°37′52″N 72°51′14″E / 49.63111°N 72.85389°E / 49.63111; 72.85389
Country Kazakhstan
Region Karaganda Region
District Abay District
Founded 1949
Re-Named and Re-Classified as a "City" 1961
Population (1 Jan 2009)
 • Total 25,550
Time zone ALMT (UTC+6)
Postal code 100100-100130
Area code(s) +7 331 31

Abay (Kazakh: Абай) is a town (since 1961) located in central Kazakhstan, and has served as the capital of Abay District in Karaganda Region since 2002. Population: 25,550 (2009 Census results);[1] 33,066 (1999 Census results).[1]

Abay was founded in 1949 as a coal mining settlement with the name Sherubay-Noora (Kazakh: Шерубай-Нұра, Russian: Чурубай-Нура, Churubay-Nura). In 1961, it was renamed Abay, after Abay Qunanbayuli, a Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher.


In 2014 a team from Abay participated in the national championships in bandy for junior players born in 1996 and younger.[1]



  1. ^ a b "Население Республики Казахстан" (in Russian). Департамент социальной и демографической статистики. Retrieved 8 December 2013.