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Full nameShymkent
Official nameShymkent
Native nameШымкент
ProvinceSouth Kazakhstan Province
Founded12th century
Akim (mayor)Arman Zhetpisbayev
Total Area115.8 sq mi (300 km2)
Elevation1660 ft (506 m)
Total Population629600 (2011)
Other information
Time zoneBTT (UTC+6)
Postal code160000

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Shymkent ( , ), formerly known as Chimkent ( , until 1993), is the capital city of South Kazakhstan Province, the most populated region in Kazakhstan. It is the third most populous city in Kazakhstan behind Almaty and Astana with a population of 629,600 (2011-02-01). A major railroad junction on the Turkestan-Siberia Railway, the city is also a notable cultural centre, with an international airport. It is situated 690 km west of Almaty and 120 km to the north of Tashkent, Uzbekistan.

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