Merki (Kazakh: Меркі, Merkı) is an administrative center in the Merki region located in the Jambyl Region in the south of Kazakhstan. It is located near to the mountains that serve as a border between Kazakhstan and Kyrgyzstan. It has an estimated population of roughly 35,900. The postal code of Merki is 080500. The phone code is +7 72632. The nearest airport to Merki is located in Taraz.

Kazakh: Меркі
Coat of arms of Merki

Merki is located at the Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountain range that serves as a border with the Kyrgyz Republic. The international highway M39 crosses Merki and connects three big cities in Central Asia: Almaty, Bishkek and Tashkent. Historically, Merki was located close to the Great Silk Road.[1]


The total number of the population of Merki is estimated to be 100,000 people. The population of Merki consists of various ethnicities with Kazakhs constituting the main ethnic group. Among other groups are Iranian Azeris that were forced to migrate there by Bolsheviks (in 1938).

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  1. ^ "Destinations and routes of the Great Silk Road · The Great Silk Way in Kazakhstan. City and Steppe · Kazakhstan in Middle Age · History of Kazakhstan · "Kazakhstan History" portal". Retrieved 2018-02-11.

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