Provinces of Afghanistan

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Afghanistan is made up of 34 provinces (ولايت wilayat). The provinces of Afghanistan are the primary administrative divisions. Each province encompasses a number of districts and/or usually over 1,000 villages.

Provincial governments are led by a governor; governors are appointed by the President of Afghanistan.[1] Each province is represented in the government of Afghanistan by two members in the House of Elders. One is elected by the provincial council to a four-year term while the second is elected by the district councils to a three-year term. Representation in the House of the People is directly from the districts, although in each province, two of the representatives must be women. They are appointed by the President of Afghanistan.

Provinces of Afghanistan[edit]

Province map of Afghanistan
Afghanistan provinces numbered gray.PNG
Provinces of Afghanistan[2]
Province Map # ISO 3166-2:AF[3] Centers Population[4] Area (km²) Notes U.N. Region
Badakhshan 30 AF-BDS Fayzabad 819,396 44,059 29 districts North East Afghanistan
Badghis 4 AF-BDG Qala i Naw 499,393 20,591 7 districts West Afghanistan
Baghlan 19 AF-BGL Puli Khumri 741,690 21,118 16 districts North East Afghanistan
Balkh 13 AF-BAL Mazar-i-Sharif 1,123,948 17,249 15 districts North West Afghanistan
Bamyan 15 AF-BAM Bamyan 343,892 14,175 7 districts Central Afghanistan
Daykundi 10 AF-DAY Nili 477,544 18,088 8 districts South West Afghanistan
Farah 2 AF-FRA Farah 493,007 48,471 11 districts West Afghanistan
Faryab 5 AF-FYB Maymana 833,724 20,293 14 districts North West Afghanistan
Ghazni 16 AF-GHA Ghazni 1,080,843 22,915 19 districts South East Afghanistan
Ghor 6 AF-GHO Chaghcharan 635,302 36,479 10 districts West Afghanistan
Helmand 7 AF-HEL Lashkar Gah 1,441,769 58,584 13 districts South West Afghanistan
Herat 1 AF-HER Herat 1,762,157 54,778 15 districts West Afghanistan
Jowzjan 8 AF-JOW Sheberghan 426,987 11,798 9 districts North West Afghanistan
Kabul 22 AF-KAB Kabul 3,314,000 4,462 18 districts Central Afghanistan
Kandahar 12 AF-KAN Kandahar 1,151,100 54,022 16 districts South East Afghanistan
Kapisa 29 AF-KAP Mahmud-i-Raqi 358,268 1,842 7 districts Central Afghanistan
Khost 26 AF-KHO Khost 638,849 4,152 13 districts South East Afghanistan
Kunar 34 AF-KNR Asadabad 413,008 4,942 15 districts North East Afghanistan
Kunduz 18 AF-KDZ Kunduz 820,000 8,040 7 districts North East Afghanistan
Laghman 32 AF-LAG Mihtarlam 382,280 3,843 5 districts East Afghanistan
Logar 23 AF-LOW Pul-i-Alam 322,704 3,880 7 districts Central Afghanistan
Maidan Wardak 21 AF-WAR Maidan Shar 529,343 9,934 9 districts Central Afghanistan
Nangarhar 33 AF-NAN Jalalabad 1,342,514 7,727 23 districts East Afghanistan
Nimruz 3 AF-NIM Zaranj 117,991 41,005 5 districts South West Afghanistan
Nuristan 31 AF-NUR Parun 130,964 9,225 7 districts North East Afghanistan
Paktia 24 AF-PIA Gardez 415,000 6,432 11 districts South East Afghanistan
Paktika 25 AF-PKA Sharana 809,772 19,482 15 districts South East Afghanistan
Panjshir 28 AF-PAN Bazarak 128,620 3,610 5 districts North East Afghanistan
Parwan 20 AF-PAR Charikar 491,870 5,974 9 districts Central Afghanistan
Samangan 14 AF-SAM Samangan 378,000 11,262 5 districts North West Afghanistan
Sar-e Pol 9 AF-SAR Sar-e Pol 505,400 16,360 7 districts North West Afghanistan
Takhar 27 AF-TAK Taloqan 830,319 12,333 16 districts North East Afghanistan
Urozgan 11 AF-ORU Tarinkot 320,589 12,696 6 districts Central Afghanistan
Zabul 17 AF-ZAB Qalat 244,899 17,343 9 districts South East Afghanistan

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmed, Azam (December 8, 2012). "For Afghan Officials, Facing Prospect of Death Is in the Job Description". New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ References and details on data provided in the table can be found within the individual provincial articles.
  3. ^ ISO 3166-2:AF (ISO 3166-2 codes for the provinces of Afghanistan)
  4. ^ [1][dead link]

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