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Full nameSulaymaniyah السليمانية
Official nameSulaymaniyah السليمانية
Native nameSilêmanî سلێمانی
CountryIraq|established_title|subdivision_type1=Autonomous region
Autonomous regionKurdistan|established_title=Settled
TypeCouncil manager
MayorSaid Aros
Elevation2895 ft (882.4 m)
Total Population1041490 (2009)
Other information
Time zoneArabia Standard Time (UTC+3)

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Sulaymaniyah ( , Ar: السليمانية) is a city in Iraqi Kurdistan, Iraq. It is the capital of Sulaymaniyah Governorate. Sulaymaniyah is surrounded by the Azmar Range, Goizja Range and the Qaiwan Range in the north east, Baranan Mountain in the south and the Tasluje Hills in the west. The city has a semi-arid climate with very hot and dry summers and very cold winters. Sulaymaniyah served as the historic capital of the Kurdish principality of Baban from 1784 to 1850.

The modern city of Sulaymaniyah was founded on 14 November 1784 by the Kurdish prince Ibrahim Pasha Baban who named it after his father Sulaiman Pasha. Because it was founded as the capital of a powerful Kurdish principality, Sulaymaniyah has developed into a large city with a population of about 1.041.490 people.

It is the cultural center of the Sorani-speaking Kurds and an important economic center for Iraqi Kurdistan.

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