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Kokshetau, formerly known as Kokchetav is the administrative center of Akmola Region, northern Kazakhstan. Population:GeographyAstana, the new capital of Kazakhstan, is distant 299 km south-eastwards.ClimateKokshetau has a humid continental climate (Köppen climate classification Dfb) with long, cold winters and warm summers. The average temperature in January is -15.3°C. In July the temperature averages 20.2°C. Yearly precipitation amounts to 313mm.HistoryThe town was founded in 1824 as a fortress, named for the Kokshetau hill it was built on; the name is Kazakh for "blue mountain". In 1868 it became an uyezd center. In 1997 Kokshetau region was abolished. After a change in administrative structure of Akmola and North Kazakhstan region Kokshetau has become as a regional center of Akmola region.During the late 1930s, as a result of the Polish operation of the NKVD - USSR citizens of Polish nationality, related national operations, also against Kazakhstan SSR Germans, since 1939 many residents of the Poland's kresy wschodnie were forcibly settled in this region, and Kokchetav became the center of the Polish diaspora in Kazakhstan. On March 16, 1944, the Kokchetav Oblast was created, with Kokchetav as its administrative center.IndustryThere are urban light industries such as food production. The region produces low grades of wheat and other cultures. There is a gold mining operation north of the city.
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