Baghdad Governorate

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Baghdad Governorate
محافظة بغداد
Baghdad Province
Flag of Baghdad Governorate
Baghdad Governorate
Baghdad Governorate
Coordinates: 33°20′N 44°26′E / 33.333°N 44.433°E / 33.333; 44.433Coordinates: 33°20′N 44°26′E / 33.333°N 44.433°E / 33.333; 44.433
 • GovernorAtwan Al Atwani
 • Mayor of BaghdadZekra Alwach
 • Governorate204.2 km2 (78.8 sq mi)
 • Urban
500 km2 (200 sq mi)
 • Metro
4,555 km2 (1,759 sq mi)
 • Governorate8,780,422
 • Density43,000/km2 (110,000/sq mi)
 • Urban
Time zoneUTC+3 (AST)
Postal codes
10025–10043[citation needed]
HDI (2019)0.706[2]
high · 2nd of 17

Baghdad Governorate (Arabic: محافظة بغداد Muḥāfaẓät Baġdād), also known as the Baghdad Province, is the capital governorate of Iraq. It includes the capital Baghdad as well as the surrounding metropolitan area. The governorate is one of two small provinces of all 19 in Iraq into which the country divides entirely, yet by a margin of almost three-to-one, the most populous.


Baghdad Governorate is one of the most developed parts of Iraq, with better infrastructure than much of Iraq, though heavily damaged from the US-led invasion in 2003 and continuing violence during the Iraq War. It used to have one of the highest rates for terrorism in the world with suicide bombers, however terrorist attacks have been rare since the territorial defeat of ISIL in Iraq in late 2017.

Baghdad has at least 12 bridges spanning the Tigris river - joining the east and west of the city. The governorate's northeast includes multiple Mesopotamian Marshes.

The Sadr City district is the most densely populated area in Iraq.

Province administration[edit]

Baghdad is governed by the Baghdad Provincial Council. Representatives to the Baghdad Provincial Council were elected by their peers from the lower councils of the administrative districts in Baghdad in numbers proportional to the population of the various districts that were represented.


  • Governor: Atwan Al Atwani[3]
  • Provincial Council Chairman (PCC): Riyadh Al Adhadh[4]



Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1977 3,189,700—    
1987 3,841,268+1.88%
1997 5,423,964+3.51%
2009 6,702,538+1.78%
2018 8,126,755+2.16%
Source: Citypopulation[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "الرئيسيةالمؤشرات الديمغرافية والسكانية" (in Arabic). Central organization for statistics and information technology. Retrieved 2022-02-21.
  2. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  3. ^ "Gunmen open fire at Baghdad's new governor's house". Retrieved 2018-01-01.
  4. ^ الميادين, مجموعة من المعدين في قناة (2018-08-03). "رياض العضاض - رئيس مجلس محافظة بغداد". شبكة الميادين (in Arabic). Retrieved 2021-10-22.
  5. ^ "Population of Governorates".

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