Saskatchewan is the middle of the prairie provinces of Canada. It is bordered by Alberta to the west, Manitoba to the east, the Northwest Territories to the north, and the states of Montana and North Dakota to the south. In the northeast, it also reaches the border of the Nunavut Territory.
The name is derived from the Saskatchewan River, which in the Cree language is called Kisiskatchewani Sipi (fast-flowing river). During the 2016 census, the population was 1,098,352.
Saskatchewan is centrally located south in Canada. The province borders Alberta to the west, the Northern Territories to the north, and Manitoba to the east. In the south, the two US states of Montana and North Dakota border Saskatchewan. Together with Alberta, it forms the only inland province in the country. The longest border is the one with Alberta in the west with 1225 km. The border in the north reaches a length of about 445 km; the length of the border with the United States running in the south is 630 km. All four borders run mainly straight vertically (in the east and west) and horizontally (in the north and south). The border between Alberta and Saskatchewan lies at the 110th degree of longitude west; the border with the Northern Territories runs at the 60th degree of latitude north.
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