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Uvs Province

Uvs Province
Увс аймаг
Flag of Uvs Province
Official seal of Uvs Province
Country Mongolia
Established 1931
Capital Ulaangom
 • Total 69,585.39 km2 (26,867.07 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 75,737
 • Density 1.1/km2 (2.8/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+7
Area code(s) +976 (0)145
ISO 3166 code MN-046
Website .mn.govuvs

Uvs (Mongolian: Увс аймаг) is one of the 21 aimags (provinces) of Mongolia. It is located in the west of the country, 1336 km away from the national capital Ulaanbaatar. Its capital is Ulaangom which lies 936 m above sea level.

The province is named after Mongolia's biggest lake, Uvs Lake.


  • Geography 1
  • Population 2
  • History 3
  • Administrative subdivision 4
  • Livestock 5
  • References 6


Parts of the steppe in this province are protected as the World Heritage Site Ubsunur Hollow. In the north the province borders the Russian Federation for 640 km, in the east 340 km of border lies between Uvs and Zavkhan province. In the south and west it borders with Khovd and Bayan-Ölgii provinces for 200 km each. The province occupies 4.45% of the national territory, which is equivalent of 69,585 km2. Of the total area of the province, 60% belongs to the mountainous climatic zone, and 40% to the Gobi semi-desert.


Mongols and their proto-peoples have lived in the province since antiquity. Now, 60% of population is Dörbet, 15% is Bayid and 15% is Khalkha. Also there are a number of Tuvans, Khotons and Kazakhs living in this province.

As of end of 2014, there were 20,719 households residing in this province of which 7,476 lived in the provincial center Ulaangom, 4,105 lived in soum centers and 9,138 lived in the countryside as herding families.[1]


After the revolution in 1921 in Mongolia, on November 21, 1925 the government founded the Chandmani Uulyn Aimag (Чандмань уулын аймаг, Jewel Mountain Province). This province included the whole western part of the country, i.e. today's Uvs, Khovd and Bayan-Ölgii aimags. In 1931 Chandmani Uulyn aimag was split up into the Khovd and Dörvöd aimags. Dörvöd aimag (Дөрвөд аймаг) was renamed to Uvs aimag in 1933.

Administrative subdivision

Uvs province is divided into 19 sums, lower administrative division units.

Sums of Uvs
The sums of Uvs Aimag
Sum Mongolian Population
Baruunturuun Баруунтуруун 3,241 2 449
Bökhmörön Бөхмөрөн 2,261 2 093
Davst Давст 1,854 1 570
Khovd Ховд 2,463 2 237
Khyargas Хяргас 2,491 2 314
Malchin Малчин 2,938 2 351
Naranbulag Наранбулаг 4,881 4 021
Ölgii Өлгий 2,629 2 147
Ömnögovi Өмнөговь 4,335 4 192
Öndörkhangai Өндөрхангай 3,588 3 031
Sagil Сагил 2,245 2 201
Tarialan Тариалан 5,137 3 714
Tes Тэс 6,014 5 056
Tsagaankhairkhan Цагаанхайрхан 2,598 2 011
Türgen Түргэн 1,867 2 018
Ulaangom[1] Улаангом 26,940 27 849
Zavkhan Завхан 2,261 1 734
Züüngovi Зүүнговь 2,644 2 640
Züünkhangai Зүүнхангай 2,725 2 104
Total population 87 592 75 737

^1 Ulaangom is the Uvs province center.


Year Total Camels Horses Cows Sheep Goats
2000 1,579,318 18,235 74,852 105,737 858,613 521,881
2010 1,619,312 14,519 59,718 84,378 776,925 683,772
2014 2,561,315 19,511 88,408 145,440 1,260,522 1,047,434

Source: National Statistical Office of Mongolia[2]


  1. ^ The National Statistical Office of Mongolia,
  2. ^ The National Statistical Office of Mongolia,
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