Regions of Kazakhstan

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Regions of Kazakhstan
Қазақстан облыстары (Kazakh)
Области Казахстана (Russian)
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Category Unitary state
Location Republic of Kazakhstan
Number14 regions and 4 cities (Almaty, Nur-Sultan, Baikonur, Shymkent)
Populations36,175 (Baikonur) – 2,685,009 (Turkistan)
Areas680 km2 (263 sq mi) (Almaty) - 427,980 km2 (165,245 sq mi) (Karaganda)

Kazakhstan is divided into 14 regions (Kazakh : облыстар/oblystar; singular: облыс/oblys; Russian : области/oblasti; singular: область/oblast' ). The regions are further subdivided into districts (Kazakh : аудандар/audandar; singular: аудан/audan; Russian : районы/rayoni; singular: район/rayon). Four cities, Baikonur, Shymkent, the largest city Almaty, and the capital Nur-Sultan are not part of the regions they are surrounded by.


Coat of arms Full English name Type Full Kazakh name Full Russian name Standard time
Coat of Arms of Aqmola Province Kz.png Akmola Region regionАқмола облысы
Aqmola oblysy
Акмолинская область
Akmolinskaya Oblast′
Aktyubinsk-obl-coat-of-arms.png Aktobe Region regionАқтөбе облысы
Aqtöbe oblysy
Актюбинская область
Aktyubinskaya Oblast′
Coat of arms of Almaty.svg Almaty city [nb 1] Алматы қаласы
Almaty qalasy
город Алматы
gorod Almaty
Almaty oblysy gerb.png Almaty Region regionАлматы облысы
Almaty oblysy
Алматинская область
Almatinskaya Oblast′
Coat of arms of Atyrau.svg Atyrau Region region [nb 2] Атырау облысы
Atyrau oblysy
Атырауская область
Atyrauskaya Oblast′
Baikonur seal.png Baikonur city [nb 3] Байқоңыр қаласы
Baiqoñyr qalasy
город Байконур
gorod Baykonur
UTC+05:00 [1]
Coats of arms of East Kazakhstan Province.svg East Kazakhstan Region regionШығыс Қазақстан облысы
Şyğys Qazaqstan oblysy
Восточно-Казахстанская область
Vostochno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast′
Zhambyl province seal.png Jambyl Region regionЖамбыл облысы
Jambyl oblysy
Жамбылская область
Zhambylskaya Oblast′
Coat of Arms of Karagandy Province.svg Karaganda Region regionҚарағанды облысы
Qarağandy oblysy
Карагандинская область
Karagandinskaya Oblast′
Logo Kostanay Province.png Kostanay Region regionҚостанай облысы
Qostanai oblysy
Костанайская область
Kostanayskaya Oblast′
Kyzylorda province seal.png Kyzylorda Region regionҚызылорда облысы
Qyzylorda oblysy
Кызылординская область
Kyzylordinskaya Oblast′
Man'g'ystau logotibi.jpg Mangystau Region regionМаңғыстау облысы
Mañğystau oblysy
Мангыстауская область
Mangystauskaya Oblast′
North Kazakhstan province seal.svg North Kazakhstan Region regionСолтүстік Қазақстан облысы
Soltüstık Qazaqstan oblysy
Северо-Казахстанская область
Severo-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast′
Emblem of Nur-Sultan.svg Nur-Sultan city [nb 1] Нұр-Сұлтан қаласы
Nūr-Sūltan qalasy
город Нур-Султан
gorod Nur-Sultan
Logo Pavlodar region.png Pavlodar Region regionПавлодар облысы
Pavlodar oblysy
Павлодарская область
Pavlodarskaya Oblast′
Coat of arms of Shymkent.gif Shymkent city [nb 1] Шымкент қаласы
Şymkent qalasy
город Шымкент
gorod Shymkent
South Kazakhstan province seal.png Turkistan Region (formerly South Kazakhstan)regionТүркістан облысы
Türkıstan oblysy
Туркестанская область
Turkestanskaya Oblast′
Coat of Arms Batys Oblysy.png West Kazakhstan Region region [nb 2] Батыс Қазақстан облысы
Batys Qazaqstan oblysy
Западно-Казахстанская область
Zapadno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast′
The share of the European population by districts and cities of regional and republican subordination Kazakhstan in 2016
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> 70%
60.0 - 69.9 %
50.0 - 59.9 %
40.0 - 49.9 %
30.0 - 39.9 %
20.0 - 29.9 %
10.0 - 19.9 %
0.0 - 9.9 % Kazakhstan European Rus.png
The share of the European population by districts and cities of regional and republican subordination Kazakhstan in 2016
  > 70٪
  60.0 – 69.9 %
  50.0 - 59.9 %
  40.0 - 49.9 %
  30.0 - 39.9 %
  20.0 - 29.9 %
  10.0 - 19.9 %
  0.0 - 9.9 %


^1 Almaty, Nur-Sultan and Shymkent cities have the status of State significance and do not relate to any region.
^2 The West Kazakhstan and Atyrau regions are both partly located in Eastern Europe as the Ural River run through Atyrau and Oral, their respective capital cities.
^3 Baikonur city has a special status because it is currently being leased to Russia with Baikonur Cosmodrome until the year 2050.

Demographic statistics

Entity Capital Area (km2) Population
(2009 census) [2]
Population Density ISO 3166-2 Code
Akmola Region Kokshetau 146,219737,4955.044KZ-AKM
Aktobe Region Aktobe 300,629757,7682.521KZ-AKT
Almaty Almaty 3191,365,6324281KZ-ALA
Almaty Region Taldykorgan 223,9241,807,8946.099KZ-ALM
Nur-Sultan Nur-Sultan 710613,006863.4KZ-AST
Atyrau Region Atyrau 118,631510,3774.302KZ-ATY
Baikonur Baikonur 5736,175644.6KZ-BAY*
East Kazakhstan Region Oskemen 283,2261,396,5934.931KZ-VOS
Jambyl Region Taraz 144,2641,022,1297.085KZ-ZHA
Karaganda Region Karaganda 427,9821,341,7003.135KZ-KAR
Kostanay Region Kostanay 196,001885,5704.518KZ-KUS
Kyzylorda Region Kyzylorda 226,019678,7943.003KZ-KZY
Mangystau Region Aktau 165,642485,3922.930KZ-MAN
North Kazakhstan Region Petropavl 97,993596,5356.088KZ-SEV
Pavlodar Region Pavlodar 124,800742,4755.948KZ-PAV
Shymkent Shymkent 1,170603,499515.81KZ-
Turkistan Region Turkistan 117,2492,469,35721.06KZ-TUR
West Kazakhstan Region Oral 151,339598,8803.957KZ-ZAP

Former administrative boundaries

Change of oblast names and boundaries from 1954 to today Oblast changes overview2.jpg
Change of oblast names and boundaries from 1954 to today

Over the last 60 years, both the distribution and names of regions of Kazakhstan have changed considerably. Major changes were several fusions and splits between Guryev and Mangystau, Karaganda and Dzhezkazgan, Almaty and Taldy-Kurgan, East Kazakhstan and Semipalatinsk and Kostanay, Turgay and Tselinograd, respectively. Changes in region names were often in line with the renaming of cities, such as in the case of Alma-Ata/Almaty. After the administrative reform in 1997, the last change happened since then took place in 1999, when parts of North Kazakhstan that originally belonged to Kokshetau region became part of Akmola. The 1990s merges were in order to dilute Russian population in the resulting region and to avoid having regions where Russians form a majority. [3]

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  1. On the time change in the city of Baikonur and Kyzylorda region, Administration of the city of Baikonur, 13 December 2018 (in Russian).
  2. "Analytical report" (PDF). 2009. Retrieved 2021-03-07.
  3. Bologov, Pyotr (25 August 2016). "Три угрозы для Назарбаева: насколько стабилен Казахстан" (in Russian). Retrieved 29 August 2016.