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
Count RY andIraq
 • 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)
 (2019 Estimate)
 • Governorate13,932,264
 • Urban
 • Metro
Time zoneUTC+3 (AST)
HDI (209)0.706[1]
high · 2nd of 17

Baghdad Governorate (Arabic: محافظة بغدادMuḥāfaẓät 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 the smallest of the 19 provinces of Iraq but 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[2]
  • Provincial Council Chairman (PCC): Riyadh Al Adhadh



Sister cities[edit]

The Baghdad Governorate has a sister relationship with the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, in the United States of America.


  1. ^ "Sub-national HDI - Area Database - Global Data Lab". Retrieved 2018-09-13.
  2. ^ "Gunmen open fire at Baghdad's new governor's house". Retrieved 2018-01-01.

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