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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.