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Simferopol

Simferopol
Administration
Full nameSimferopol
Official nameSimferopol
Native nameСімферопoль
Симферополь
Aqmescit
CountryUkraine
SubdivisionCrimea
Founded11784
Government
HeadHenadiy Babenko
Geography
Total Area41.3 sq mi (107 km2)
Elevation1148.3 ft (350 m)
Demography
Total Population340600 (2006)
Density (pop.)3183.17/km2 (8244.4/sq mi)
Other information
Time zoneEET (UTC+2)
- Summer (DST)EEST (UTC+3)
Postal code95000-95490
Area code+380 652
Licence plateAK
Sister citiesHeidelberg, Kecskemét, Salem, Bursa, Eskişehir, Rousse

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Simferopol (-enˌsɪmfəˈroʊpəl; ; ; , Simferopolis, meaning city of common good; , literally: The white mosque) is the capital of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in southern Ukraine. As the capital of Crimea, Simferopol is an important political, economic, and transport center of the peninsula. As of 2006, the city's population is 340,600.

Archaeological evidence in Simferopol indicates the existence of an ancient Scythian city, collectively known as the Scythian Neapol. The location was also home to a Crimean Tatar town, Aqmescit. After the annexation of the Crimean Khanate to the Russian Empire, the city's name was changed to its present Simferopol.


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