Map of Syria with al-Suwayda Governorate highlighted
|Coordinates (Al-Suwayda): Coordinates:|
|• Governor||Amer Ibrahim Ashi|
|• 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|
Al-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 al-Suwayda. A large majority of the population are Druze.
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.
In the 1980s Druze made up 87.6% of the population, Christians (mostly Greek Orthodox) 11% and Sunni Muslims 2%.
Most of the inhabitants live in the western parts of the governorate, especially on the western slopes of Jabal ad-Duruz. Only nomadic Bedouin tribes live in the barren region of Harrat al-Shamah.
These are further divided into 12 sub-districts (nawahi).
Cities, towns and villages
The governorate contains 3 cities, 124 villages, and 36 hamlets.
- Dair Allaban
- Kafr Alluhuf
- Rimet Alluhuf