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Oral, Kazakhstan

Full nameUralsk
Official nameUralsk
Native nameУральск
ProvinceWest Kazakhstan Province
Incorporated (city)1613
Akim (mayor)Samigulla Khamzaevich Orasov
Total Area270.2 sq mi (700 km2)
Total Population350000 (estimated)
Density (pop.)300/km2 (777/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneUTC+5 (UTC+5)
Postal code090000 - 090013
Area code+7 7112

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Oral ( ), Uralsk ( ) in Russian, formerly known as Yaitsk (Russian: Яицк, until 1775), is a city in northwestern Kazakhstan, at the confluence of the Ural and Chogan Rivers close to the Russian border. As it is located on the western side of the Ural river, it is considered geographically in Europe. It has a population of 350,000. It is the capital of the West Kazakhstan Province. Ethnic composition is dominated by Kazakhs (60%).

Oral is an agricultural and industrial center, and has been an important trade stop since its founding. Barge traffic has passed up and down the Ural River between the Caspian Sea and the Ural Mountains for centuries. Today it is one of the major entry points for rail traffic from Europe to Siberia, servicing the many new oil fields in the Caspian basin and the industrial cities of the southern Urals. It is served by Oral Ak Zhol Airport.

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