Абай ауданы, Abay awdanı
|Re-Named and Re-Classified as a "City"||1961|
|• Akim (mayor)|
|Population (1 Jan 2009)|
|Time zone||BTT (UTC+6)|
|Area code(s)||+7 331 31|
Abay (Kazakh: Абай) is a town (since 1961) located in central Kazakhstan, and has served as the capital of the Abay District in Karagandy Province since 2002. Population: 25,550 (2009 Census results); 33,066 (1999 Census results).
Abay was founded in 1949 as a coal mining settlement with the name Sherubay-Noora (Kazakh: Шерубай-Нұра, Russian: Чурубай-Нура, Churubay-Nura). In 1961, it was renamed Abay, after Abay Qunanbayuli, a Kazakh poet, composer and philosopher.
- "Население Республики Казахстан" (in Russian). Департамент социальной и демографической статистики. Retrieved 3 June 2012.
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