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Atyrau

Administration
Full nameAtyrau
Official nameAtyrau
Native nameАтырау
CountryKazakhstan
ProvinceAtyrau Province
Founded1645
Government
Akim (mayor)Salimzhan Nakpayev
Demography
Total Population154100 (01-01-2007)
Other information
Time zoneUTC+5 (UTC+5)
Postal code060001 - 060011
Area code+7 7122

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Atyrau ( , -kkɑtərɑ́wpron; , -ruɐtᵻˈraupron), known as Guryev ( , -ruˈgurʲjɪf) until 1991, is a city in Kazakhstan, and the capital of Atyrau Province. It is located at the mouth of the Ural River, 2700 kilometers west of Almaty and 350 kilometers east of the Russian city of Astrakhan. Other transliterations include Aterau, Atirau, Atyraw, Atyraou, Atırav, Atıraw.

Modern Atyrau is famous for its oil and fish industries. It has 154,100 inhabitants (2007, up from 142,500 (1999 census)), 90% ethnic Kazakhs (up from 80%), the rest being mostly Russians and other ethnic groups such as Tatars and Ukrainians. Since October 2006, its mayor is Salimzhan Naqpayev.


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