Map of Syria with As-Suwayda highlighted
|Coordinates (As-Suwayda): Coordinates:|
|• Total||5,550 km2 (2,140 sq mi)|
|• Density||67/km2 (170/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|ISO 3166 code||SY-SU|
As-Suwayda Governorate (Arabic: السويداء / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat as-Suwaydā’) is the southernmost of Syria's 14 governorates. It has an area of 5,550 km² and forms part of the historic Hawran region. Its capital and major city is as-Suwayda.
Demographics and population
The governorate has a population of about 370,000 inhabitants (est. 2011). It is the only governorate in Syria that has a Druze majority. There is also a sizable Eastern Orthodox minority and a small Muslim community.
Most of the inhabitants live in the western parts of the governorate, especially on the western slopes of Jabal ad-Duruz. While only nomadic Bedouin tribes live in the barren region of Harrat Ash Shamah.
These are further divided into 9 sub-districts (nawahi).
Cities, towns and villages
The governorate contains 3 cities, 124 villages, and 36 hamlets.
Villages (Alphabetical Order)
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