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Republic of Dagestan
Республика Дагестан (Russian)
—  Republic  —


Coat of arms
Anthem: State Anthem of the Republic of Dagestan
Coordinates: 43°06′N 46°53′E / 43.1°N 46.883°E / 43.1; 46.883Coordinates: 43°06′N 46°53′E / 43.1°N 46.883°E / 43.1; 46.883
Political status
Country Russia
Federal district North Caucasian
Economic region North Caucasus
Established January 20, 1921
Capital Makhachkala
Government (as of January 2013)
 • Head Ramazan Abdulatipov
 • Legislature People's Assembly
Area (as of the 2002 Census)
 • Total 50,300 km2 (19,400 sq mi)
Area rank 52nd
Population (2010 Census)
 • Total 2,910,249
 • Rank 12th
 • Density 57.86/km2 (149.9/sq mi)
 • Urban 45.2%
 • Rural 54.8%
Time zone(s) MSK (UTC+04:00)
ISO 3166-2 RU-DA
License plates 05
Official languages Russian;  Aghul, Avar, Azerbaijani, Chechen, Dargwa, Kumyk, Lezgian, Lak, Nogai, Rutul, Tabasaran, Tat, Tsakhur
Official website

Dagestan is a federal subject of Russia in the Caucasus region. Its capital city is Makhachkala. Dagestan has a population of nearly 3 million. It is inhabited by over 30 different nationalities who speak 30 different languages. Most people of Dagestan are Muslims and belong to the Shafi`i school of Sunni Islam.


Dagestan takes its name from two Persian words, Dag - which means Mountain, and Stan which means - Land.

Famous people

  • Imam Shamil
  • Shaykh Said afandi al-Chirkawi

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