Departments of Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is a unitary republic, divided for administrative purposes into fifteen departments (departamentos) and two autonomous regions:

Departments of Nicaragua
Flag Department Capital Population (2005) Area (km²) Pop. Density
1 Flag of Boaco.svg Boaco Department Boaco 150,636 4177 36
2 Flag of Jinotepe.svg Carazo Department Jinotepe 166,073 1081 154
3 Flag of Chinandega.svg Chinandega Department Chinandega 378,970 4822 79
4 Flag Blank.svg Chontales Department Juigalpa 153,932 6481 24
5 Flag of Esteli.svg Estelí Department Estelí 201,548 2230 90
6 Flag of Granada, Nicaragua.svg Granada Department Granada 168,186 1040 162
7 Flag of Jinotega.gif Jinotega Department Jinotega 331,335 9222 36
8 Flag of Leon, Nicaragua.svg León Department León 355,779 5138 69
9 Flag of Madriz.svg Madriz Department Somoto 132,459 1708 78
10 Flag of Managua.svg Managua Department Managua 1,262,978 3465 365
11 Flag of Masaya.svg Masaya Department Masaya 289,988 611 475
12 Flag of Matagalpa.svg Matagalpa Department Matagalpa 469,172 6804 69
13 Flag of Nueva Segovia.svg Nueva Segovia Department Ocotal 208,523 3491 60
14 Flag of Rivas.svg Rivas Department Rivas 156,283 2162 72
15 Flag of San Carlos, Nicaragua.svg Río San Juan Department San Carlos 95,596 7541 13
16 Flag of Region Autonoma del Atlantico Norte.svg Región Autónoma del Atlántico Norte Bilwi 314,130 33,106 10
17 Flag of Region Autonoma Atlantico Sur.svg Región Autónoma del Atlántico Sur Bluefields 306,510 27,260 11

Zelaya Department[edit]

In 1986, the new constitution established the Charter of Autonomy (limited self-government) for the former department of Zelaya, comprising the entire eastern half of the country. The department was divided into two autonomous regions (communities). The Charter of Autonomy is largely based on the model used by Spain. The communities are governed by a Governor and a Regional Council. Defense, etc. is the responsibility of the Central Government in Managua.

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