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Aktobe

Administration
Full nameAktobe
Official nameAktobe
Native nameАқтөбе
CountryKazakhstan
ProvinceAktobe Province
Government
Akim (mayor)Arkhimed Mukhambetov
Demography
Total Population277 700 (2010-01-01)
Metro (pop.)317700
Other information
Time zoneUTC+5 (UTC+5)
Postal code030001
Area code+7 7132

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Aktobe ( ), formerly known as Aktyubinsk ( , until 1999), is a city on the Ilek River in Kazakhstan. With a population of 277,700, it is the capital of Aktobe Province. Aktobe has a mixed ethnic community, including Kazakhs, Russians, Ukrainians, Tatars, Uyghurs, Chechens, Armenians, Jews and Greeks. Before perestroika the city also was home to a sizeable German community.

The name "Aktobe" comes from Kazakh "ақ" (white) and "төбе" (hill); the name is a reference to the heights on which the original 19th century settlement was located.


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