States and regions of Somalia

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Somalia is officially divided into eighteen administrative regions (gobollada, singular gobol),[1] which in turn are subdivided into districts. On a de facto basis, northern Somalia is divided among the autonomous states of Puntland and Somaliland. In central Somalia, Galmudug is another regional administration that emerged just south of Puntland. Jubaland in the far south is a fourth autonomous region within the federation.[1] As of April 2014, a new Southwestern State of Somalia is also being formalized.[2]

The Federal Parliament of Somalia is tasked with selecting the ultimate number and boundaries of the autonomous regional states (officially, Federal Member States) within the Federal Republic of Somalia.[3][4]


Map of Somaliland, one of federal Somalia's various autonomous regions
Map of Puntland, a federated state in northeastern Somalia

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  1. ^ a b "Somalia". World Factbook. Central Intelligence Agency. 2009-05-14. Retrieved 2009-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Somalia: Puntland Govt voices support for three-region state election". Garowe Online. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "The Federal Republic of Somalia - Harmonized Draft Constitution". Federal Government of Somalia. Retrieved 2 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Guidebook to the Somali Draft Provisional Constitution". Retrieved 2 August 2012.