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Ashgabat

Asgabat
Administration
Full nameAshgabat
Official nameAshgabat
Native nameAşgabat, Ашхабад
Other nameAshkhabad
Poltoratsk (1919-1927)
CountryTurkmenistan
ProvinceAhal Province
founded1881
Government
MayorAzat Bilishov
Demography
Total Population909000 (2009)
Other information
- Summer (DST)not observed (UTC+5)
Area code12

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Ashgabat ( , , , also Ashkhabad in transliteration from Russian (literally, Persian meaning: "City of Love") or formerly Poltoratsk between 1919 1927) is the capital and largest city of Turkmenistan, a country in Central Asia. It has a population of 695,300 (2001 census estimate), 2009 estimates around 1 million people in Ashgabat, and is situated between the Kara Kum desert and the Kopet Dag mountain range. Ashgabat has a primarily Turkmen population, with ethnic minorities of Russians, Armenians, and Azeris. It is 250 km from the second largest city in Iran, Mashhad.


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