Kazakhstan is divided into 14 regions (Kazakh: облыстар/oblystar; singular: облыс/oblıs; Russian: области/oblasti; singular: область/oblast' ). The regions are further subdivided into districts (Kazakh: аудандар/aýdandar; singular: аудан/aýdan; Russian: районы/rayoni; singular: район/rayon ). Three cities, Baykonur, the largest city Almaty and the capital Astana 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 region Ақмола облысы
Aqmola oblysy
Акмолинская область
Akmolinskaya Oblast′
Aktyubinsk-obl-coat-of-arms.png Aktobe Region region Ақтөбе облысы
Aqtóbe oblysy
Актюбинская область
Aktyubinskaya Oblast′
Coat of arms of Almaty.svg Almaty city[nb 1] Алматы қаласы
Almaty qalasy
город Алматы
gorod Almaty
Алматы облысы герб.png Almaty Region region Алматы облысы
Almaty oblysy
Алматинская область
Almatinskaya Oblast′
New coat of arms of Astana.svg Astana city[nb 1] Астана қаласы
Astana qalası
город Астана
gorod Astana
Coat of arms of Atyrau.svg Atyrau Region region[nb 2] Атырау облысы
Atıraw oblısı
Атырауская область
Atyrauskaya Oblast′
Baikonur seal.png Baikonur city[nb 3] Байқоңыр қаласы
Bayqoñır qalası
город Байконур
gorod Baykonur
Coats of arms of East Kazakhstan Province.svg East Kazakhstan Region region Шығыс Қазақстан облысы
Şığıs Qazaqstan oblısı
Восточно-Казахстанская область
Vostochno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast′
Zhambyl province seal.png Jambyl Region region Жамбыл облысы
Jambıl oblısı
Жамбылская область
Zhambylskaya Oblast′
Coat of Arms of Karagandy Province.svg Karaganda Region region Қарағанды облысы
Qarağandı oblısı
Карагандинская область
Karagandinskaya Oblast′
Logo Kostanay Province.png Kostanay Region region Қостанай облысы
Qostanay oblısı
Костанайская область
Kostanayskaya Oblast′
Kyzylorda province seal.png Kyzylorda Region region Қызылорда облысы
Qızılorda oblısı
Кызылординская область
Kyzylordinskaya Oblast′
Маңғыстау логотибі.jpg Mangystau Region region Маңғыстау облысы
Mañğıstaw oblısı
Мангыстауская область
Mangystauskaya Oblast′
North Kazakhstan province seal.svg North Kazakhstan Region region Солтүстік Қазақстан облысы
Soltüstik Qazaqstan oblısı
Северо-Казахстанская область
Severo-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast′
Logo Pavlodar region.png Pavlodar Region region Павлодар облысы
Pavlodar oblısı
Павлодарская область
Pavlodarskaya Oblast′
South Kazakhstan province seal.png South Kazakhstan Region region Оңтүстік Қазақстан облысы
Oñtüstik Qazaqstan oblısı
Южно-Казахстанская область
Yuzhno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast′
Coat of Arms Batys Oblysy.png West Kazakhstan Region region[nb 2] Батыс Қазақстан облысы
Batıs Qazaqstan oblısı
Западно-Казахстанская область
Zapadno-Kazakhstanskaya Oblast′


^1 Almaty and Astana cities have the status of State importance 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)[1]
Population Density ISO 3166-2 Code
Akmola Region Kokshetau 146,219 0,737,495 5.044 KZ-AKM
Aktobe Region Aktobe 300,629 0,757,768 2.521 KZ-AKT
Almaty Almaty 000,319 1,365,632 4281 KZ-ALA
Almaty Region Taldykorgan 223,924 1,365,632 6.099 KZ-ALM
Astana Astana 000,710 0,613,006 863.4 KZ-AST
Atyrau Region Atyrau 118,631 0,510,377 4.302 KZ-ATY
Baikonur Baikonur 000,057 0,036,175 644.6 KZ-BAY*
East Kazakhstan Region Oskemen 283,226 1,396,593 4.931 KZ-VOS
Jambyl Region Taraz 144,264 1,022,129 7.085 KZ-ZHA
Karaganda Region Karaganda 427,982 1,341,700 3.135 KZ-KAR
Kostanay Region Kostanay 196,001 0,885,570 4.518 KZ-KUS
Kyzylorda Region Kyzylorda 226,019 0,678,794 3.003 KZ-KZY
Mangystau Region Aktau 165,642 0,485,392 2.930 KZ-MAN
North Kazakhstan Region Petropavl 097,993 0,596,535 .0886 KZ-SEV
Pavlodar Region Pavlodar 124,800 0,742,475 .9495 KZ-PAV
South Kazakhstan Region Shymkent 117,249 2,469,357 21.06 KZ-YUZ
West Kazakhstan Region Oral 151,339 0,598,880 3.957 KZ-ZAP

Former administrative boundaries

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.[2]