Map of Syria with As-Suwayda highlighted
|Coordinates (As-Suwayda): Coordinates:|
|• Total||5,550 km2 (2,140 sq mi)|
|• Density||140/km2 (360/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 770,000 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 refugee community from mainly Daraa Governorate as well as other parts of Syria.
Most of the inhabitants live in the western parts of the governorate, especially on the western slopes of Jabal ad-Duruz. While only nomadic druze 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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