Vladikavkaz (Russian: Владикавказ, IPA: [vladʲikafˈkas], lit. Ruler of the Caucasus; Ossetic: Дзæуджыхъæу, Dzæudjyqæu, lit. Dzaug's settlement) is the capital city of the Republic of North Ossetia-Alania, Russia. It is located in the southeast of the republic at the foothills of the Caucasus mountains, situated on the Terek River. Its population mostly consists of Ossetians, Russians, Armenians, and Georgians. Population: 311,600 (2010 Census preliminary results); 315,068 (2002 Census); 300,198 (1989 Census). Vladikavkaz is one of the most populous cities in the northern Caucasus.
The city is an industrial and transportation center. Manufactures include processed zinc and lead, machinery, chemicals, clothing, and food products.