Chuy Region

Chuy Region
Чүй областы
Чуйская область


Coat of arms

Map of Kyrgyzstan, location of Chuy Province highlighted
Coordinates: 42°30′N 74°30′E / 42.500°N 74.500°E / 42.500; 74.500Coordinates: 42°30′N 74°30′E / 42.500°N 74.500°E / 42.500; 74.500
Country  Kyrgyzstan
Capital Bishkek
  Gubernator Abdrakhmanov Sagynbek Umetalievich
  Total 20,200 km2 (7,800 sq mi)
Population (2009-01-01)
  Total 790,438
  Density 39/km2 (100/sq mi)
Time zone East (UTC+6)
  Summer (DST) not observed (UTC+6)
ISO 3166 code KG-C
Districts 9
Cities 4
Townships 5
Villages 331

Chuy Province or Chui Province (Kyrgyz: Чүй областы, Russian: Чуйская область) is the northernmost province (oblast) of the Kyrgyz Republic. It is bounded on the north by Kazakhstan, and clockwise, Issyk Kul Province, Naryn Province, Jalal-Abad Province and Talas Province. Its administrative center is Bishkek, but from 2003 to May 2006 it was Tokmok.


Chuy River valley

The main northwest part of the province is flat, a rarity in Kyrgyzstan. This is the valley of the Chu River. The valley's black soil is very fertile and is largely irrigated with water diverted from the Chu River. The region's Agricultural production includes wheat, maize, sugar beets, potatoes, lucerne, and various vegetables and fruits.

The Kyrgyz Ala-Too mountains form southern border of the province, and the northern border of Talas Province. There are many hiking and trekking routes accessible from the towns in the valley. The southwestern heel of the province over the Kirgiz Alatau is geographically more like Naryn province.

The northeast panhandle is the Chong Kemin Valley.


In 1926, the region became part of the newly established Kirghiz ASSR. During the Soviet period, various agro-processing and other industries were established throughout the province, giving rise to a number of urban centers such as Tokmok, Kant and Kara-Balta.


Agricultural production includes wheat, maize, sugar beets, potatoes, lucerne, and various vegetables and fruits. There is little industry in the region.


The main east-west transportation axis of the province is the Taraz-Bishkek-Balykchy highway, running through most major cities of the province. This road's section west of Bishkek is part of European route E40, known locally as Highway M-39 (based on the old USSR highway numbering scheme). The same numbers apply to the road that continues north-east from Bishkek toward Almaty, crossing the Chuy River and leaving the province for Kazakhstan at Korday border crossing.

The only railway in the province runs along the same Taraz-Bishkek-Balykchy route; it sees comparatively little use these days.

Socioeconomic indicators

Building an adobe brick house (Milyanfan)


As of 2009, Chuy Province included 4 towns, 5 urban-type settlements, and 331 villages. Its population, according to the Population and Housing Census of 2009, was 790,438.

Historical populations in Chuy Province
1999 772,188−3.7%
Note: de facto population; Source:[2]

Ethnic composition

The population is considerably more heterogeneous than that of the other regions of the country, with many ethnic Russians, Ukrainians, Dungans, Koreans, Germans, etc.

According to the 2009 Census, the ethnic composition (de jure population) of Chuy Province was:[2]

Ethnic group Population Proportion of Chuy Province population
Kyrgyzs 474,805 59.1%
Russians 167,135 20.8%
Dungans 49,802 6.2%
Uygurs 15,276 1.9%
Uzbeks 14,755 1.8%
Kazakhs 12,800 1.6%
Turks 11,124 1.4%
Ukrainians 10,850 1.4%
Azerbaijanis 10,196 1.3%
Tatars 6,482 0.8%
Germans 5,919 0.7%
Kurds 4,544 0.6%
Koreans 4,388 0.5%
Tajiks 2,600 0.3%
Lesgins 2,246 0.3%
Dargins 1,812 0.2%
Karachays 1,379 0.2%
Chechens 1,316 0.2%
other groups 5,801 0.7%


Looking up the Ala Archa river valley in the mountains south of Bishkek

Chuy province is divided administratively into 8 districts, and the district-level city of Tokmok:[3][4][5][6] The Chuy District surrounds the city of Tokmok. The Alamudun District surrounds the city of Bishkek, which however is not part of Chuy Province but a province-level administrative unit in its own right. The southwestern heel is administered as two exclaves of Jaiyl and Panfilov Raions, Panfilov having a valley to the southeast and Jaiyl the mountains to the north, west and southwest. Raions below are listed from east to west.

District Capital Population (2009 Census)
Kemin District Kemin 41,924
Chuy District Chuy 44,753
City of Tokmok Tokmok 53,087
Ysyk-Ata District Kant 131,503
Alamudun District Lebedinovka 147,208
Sokuluk District Sokuluk 158,137
Moskovsky District Belovodskoe 83,641
Jaiyl District Kara-Balta 90,348
Panfilov District Kayyngdy (Каинда) 39,837


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