West Kazakhstan Region

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West Kazakhstan Region
Батыс Қазақстан облысы
Западно-Казахстанская область
Steppe of western Kazakhstan in the early spring.jpg
Coat of arms of West Kazakhstan Region
Coat of arms
Map of Kazakhstan, location of West Kazakhstan Region highlighted
Map of Kazakhstan, location of West Kazakhstan Region highlighted
Coordinates: 51°14′N 51°22′E / 51.233°N 51.367°E / 51.233; 51.367Coordinates: 51°14′N 51°22′E / 51.233°N 51.367°E / 51.233; 51.367
Country  Kazakhstan
Capital Oral
 • Akim Altay Kul'ginov
 • Total 151,339 km2 (58,432 sq mi)
Population (2013-02-01)[2]
 • Total 618,261
 • Density 4.1/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone West (UTC+5)
 • Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+5)
Postal codes 090000
Area codes +7 (711)
ISO 3166 code KZ-ZAP
Vehicle registration 07, L
Districts 12
Cities 2
Villages 512
Website bko.gov.kz

West Kazakhstan Region (Kazakh: Батыс Қазақстан облысы, Batıs Qazaqstan oblısı) is a region of Kazakhstan. Its capital is Oral (also known as Uralsk and Ural'sk), a city of about 200,000 inhabitants.


The region borders Russia and is near the Ural Mountains. The Ural River is the border between Asia and Europe and flows from Russia to the Caspian Sea through the region, meaning western West Kazakhstan is in Eastern Europe. It also borders the regions of Atyrau (to the south) and Aktobe (to the east).

It is traversed by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.


West Kazakhstan has an ethnic Kazakh population of 69.8% and a significant Russian minority of 27.4% of the population. The number of Ukrainians, Poles and Germans are very low due to the geography.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The region is divided into twelve districts and the city of Oral.[3]

Name Area (km²) Population Population dens. Capital
Akzhaik 45,500 25,200 1,8 Chapaev
Bokey Orda 18,400 19,200 1,0 Saykyn
Borili 55,100 5,600 9,8 Aksay
Kaztal 39,200 18,600 2,1 Kaztal
Karatobe 19,700 10,000 2,0 Karatobe
Zhanakala 23,700 20,800 1,1 Zhanakala
Zhanybek 18,400 8,200 2,2 Zhanybek
Shyngyrlau 19,400 7,200 2,7 Shyngyrlau
Zelenov 53,700 7,400 7,3 Peremyotnoye
Syrym 26,500 11,900 2,2 Zhympity
Taskala 19,100 8,100 2,4 Taskala
Terekti 43,200 8,400 5,1 Fyodorovka

Two localities in the region have town status. These are Oral and Aksay.[3]


The capital Oral is home to Kazakhstan's only professional bandy club, Akzhaiyk. In 2016 the national championship was won by the regional team.[4]

External links[edit]


  1. ^ Official site - General Information
  2. ^ Agency of statistics of the Republic of Kazakhstan: Численность населения Республики Казахстан по областям с началa 2013 года до 1 февраля 2013 года (russisch; Excel-Datei; 55 kB).
  3. ^ a b История (in Russian). Западно-Казахстанская область. Retrieved 4 June 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.sports.kz/news/sbornaya-zko-stala-chempionom-kazahstana-po-hokkeyu-s-myachom (in Russian)