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Russian: Нурек
Tajik: Норак
Norak is located in Tajikistan
Location in Tajikistan
Coordinates: 38°23′N 69°19′E / 38.383°N 69.317°E / 38.383; 69.317Coordinates: 38°23′N 69°19′E / 38.383°N 69.317°E / 38.383; 69.317
CountryFlag of Tajikistan.svg Tajikistan
RegionKhatlon Region
 • City61,500
 • Urban
Official languages

Norak (Russian: Нурек, Tajik: Норак Norak) is a city in the Khatlon Region of Tajikistan. It is situated on the river Vakhsh, 885 m above sea level, and is 70 km southeast of Dushanbe, the capital. Its population is estimated at 31,400 for the city proper and 61,500 for the city with the outlying communities (2020).[2]

The city was founded in 1960 alongside the construction of Nurek Dam, which was completed in 1980.

The city also has a military area housing personnel working at the nearby optical satellite tracking facility, the Okno ("Window") complex.[3]


Before ca. 2018, Norak was the seat of Norak District, which covered the rural part of the present city of Norak.[4] The city of Norak covers Norak proper and two jamoats. These are as follows:[5]

Jamoat Population (Jan. 2015)[5]
Dukoni 15,681
Pulisangin 11,960


  1. ^ "КОНСТИТУЦИЯ РЕСПУБЛИКИ ТАДЖИКИСТАН". Parliament of Tajikistan. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^ "Population of the Republic of Tajikistan as of 1 January 2020" (PDF) (in Russian). Statistics office of Tajikistan. Retrieved 8 October 2020.
  3. ^ Sourcebook on the Okno and Krona Space Surveillance Systems
  4. ^ "Population of the Republic of Tajikistan as of 1 January 2015" (PDF) (in Russian). Statistics office of Tajikistan. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2 July 2015. Retrieved 3 October 2020.
  5. ^ a b Jamoat-level basic indicators, United Nations Development Programme in Tajikistan, accessed 8 October 2020