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Aktau

Administration
Full nameAktau
Official nameAktau
Native nameАқтау
Актау
CountryKazakhstan
ProvinceMangystau Province
Government
Akim (mayor)Salimgerey Bekbergenov
Demography
Total Population187700 (2005)
Urban (pop.)162400
Other information
Time zoneUTC+5 (UTC+5)
Postal code130000
Area code+7 7292

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Aktau ( , ), formerly known as Shevchenko ( , 1964 1991), is a city in Kazakhstan's Mangyshlak Peninsula and country's only seaport on the Caspian Sea. It is the capital of Mangystau Province in western Kazakhstan. Aktau literally means "white mountain" in Kazakh, so named after the cliffs overlooking the sea.

Aktau has a block address system the streets of the city have no names, and all addresses in Aktau consist of three numbers: the microdistrict (block) number, the building number and the apartment number. This is because the town was settled first to be the camp of the workers of oil industry from other parts of the country.


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