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Kurshim is located in Kazakhstan
Coordinates: 48°34′20″N 83°39′15″E / 48.57222°N 83.65417°E / 48.57222; 83.65417Coordinates: 48°34′20″N 83°39′15″E / 48.57222°N 83.65417°E / 48.57222; 83.65417
Country  Kazakhstan
Region East Kazakhstan
District Kurshim
Population (2009)
 • Total 8,490
Time zone +6 (UTC+6)

Kurshim, also Kurchum or Kurchim (Kazakh: Күршім) is a selo and administrative center of Kurshim District of East Kazakhstan Region, Kazakhstan. Population: 8,490 (2009 Census results);[1] 10,502 (1999 Census results).[1]

The Kurchum River flows past the town and Lake Zaysan lies to the south.[2][3] The town lies on the road between the villages of Altyn Kala to the north-west and Surulen to the east; this road connects with the M38 road in the southeast which leads to Jeminay across the Chinese border in Xinjiang. The town is served by a small airport, Kurchum Airport, and Antonov An-2 biplanes fly in and out of the airport.[4] In late 1989 or early 1990 the town was affected by an earthquake which destroyed the Kurchum Hospital,[5] amongst other buildings. The landscape around the town is dominated by estuarine plains.


  1. ^ a b "Население Республики Казахстан" (in Russian). Департамент социальной и демографической статистики. Retrieved 8 December 2013. 
  2. ^ Asociación Española de Ingeniería Sísmica; International Association for Earthquake Engineering (1992). Proceedings of the Tenth World Conference on Earthquake Engineering: 19–24 July 1992, Madrid, Spain. Taylor & Francis. p. 40. ISBN 978-90-5410-060-7. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Maps (Map). Google Maps. 
  4. ^ Brummell, Paul (24 October 2008). Bradt Kazakhstan. Bradt Travel Guides. p. 215. ISBN 978-1-84162-234-7. Retrieved 16 March 2012. 
  5. ^ United States. Foreign Broadcast Information Service (1 January 1991). Daily Report: Soviet Union. The Service. p. 74. Retrieved 16 March 2012.