Map of Syria with Latakia highlighted
|Coordinates (Latakia): Coordinates:|
|• Governor||Ibrahim Khodr al-Salem|
|• Total||2,297 km2 (887 sq mi)|
|Estimates range between 2,297 km² and 2,437 km²|
|Population (2014)|
|• Density||820/km2 (2,100/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
|• Summer (DST)||EEST (UTC+3)|
|ISO 3166 code||SY-LA|
|Main language(s)||Arabic, Turkmen, Kurdish, Armenian|
Latakia Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة اللاذقية / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat al-Lādhiqīyah) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in western Syria, bordering Turkey. Its reported area varies in different sources from 2,297 km² to 2,437 km². The governorate has a population of 991,000 (2010 estimate). Members of the Alawite sect form a majority in the governorate, although Armenians, Turkmen, and Sunni Arabs form the majorities in the Kessab, Jabal Turkman, and Jabal al-Akrad regions respectively. The capital of Latakia had, by 2010 estimates, 400,000 inhabitants, 50% of whom were Alawites, 30% were Sunni, and 20% Christian.
The governorate was historically part of the Alawite State, which existed from 1920–1936. The city of Latakia was the capital of the state.
These are further divided into 22 sub-districts (nawahi).
East of the coastal plains, the governorate is covered by the An-Nusayriyah Mountains.
Latakia is traversed (twice) by the northeasterly line of equal latitude and longitude.
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