Governorates of Iraq

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Iraqi Governorates
المحافظات العراقية (Arabic)
پارێزگاکانی عێراق (Kurdish)
  • Also known as:
  • Muḥāfażah
    محافظة (Arabic)
    پارێزگا Parêzgeh
The original 18 governorates
CategoryFederated state
LocationRepublic of Iraq
Number19 governorates
Populations108,974 (Helebce) – 8,126,755 (Baghdad)
Areas529 km2 (204.2 sq mi) (Baghdad) – 138,500 km2 (53,476 sq mi) (Al Anbar)
Government
Subdivisions
Numbered Map of Iraqi Governorates

Iraq consists of 19 governorates (Arabic: محافظة‎, romanizedmuḥāfażah; Kurdish: parêzgeh‎), also known as "provinces". Per the Iraqi constitution, governorates can form an autonomous region.[1] Baghdad and Basra are the oldest standing administrative regions of Iraq. In 2014, the decision was made to create the Halabja Governorate out of the Halabja District of the Sulaymaniyah Governorate.[2][3]

On 21 January 2014, the Council of Ministers of the government of Iraq approved in principle proposals to create more governorates.[4] The Council announced that two new governorates, Tal Afar and Tuz Khurmatu, would be formed from the current Ninawa Governorate and Saladin Governorate, respectively.[5] It was also announced that the city of Fallujah of the Al Anbar Governorate would become a separate governorate.[4]

Governorates[edit]

Governorates of Iraq
Governorate Postal
code
ISO
code
Total area
in miles2
Total area
in km2
Population
1 July 2018[6]
Population
Density
in miles
Population
Density
in km
Capital
Al Anbar 31 AN 53,476 138,501 1,771,656 29.1 11.2 Ramadi
Babylon 51 BB 1,976 5,603 2,065,042 921.4 324.9 Hillah
Baghdad 10 BG 1,759 4,555 8,126,755 4,620.09 1,548.8 Baghdad
Basra 61 BA 7,360 19,070 2,908,491 344.0 132.7 Basra
Dhi Qar 64 DQ 5,000 12,900 2,095,172 367.2 142.3 Nasiriyah
Al-Qādisiyyah 58 QA 3,148 8,153 1,291,048 360.3 139.1 Al Diwaniyah
Diyala 32 DI 6,828 17,685 1,637,226 211.3 81.6 Baqubah
Duhok 42 DA 2,530 6,553 1,292,535 445.5 172.2 Duhok
Erbil 44 AR 5,820 15,074 1,854,778 277.0 106.9 Erbîl
Halabja 46 1,180 3,060 108,974 285.5 110.1 Helebce
Karbala 56 KA 1,944 5,034 1,218,732 548.6 211.8 Karbala
Kirkuk 36 KI 3,737 9,679 1,597,876 373.4 144.1 Kirkuk
Maysan 62 MA 6,205 16,072 1,112,673 156.5 60.4 Amarah
Muthanna 66 MU 19,980 51,740 814,371 35.9 13.8 Samawah
Najaf 54 NA 11,129 28,824 1,471,592 115.5 44.5 Najaf
Nineveh 41 NI 14,410 37,323 3,729,998 226.9 87.6 Mosul
Saladin 34 SD 9,556 24,751 1,595,235 147.3 56.8 Tikrit
Sulaymaniyah 46 SU 6,573 17,023 2,053,305 285.8 110.3 Slêmanî
Wasit 52 WA 6,623 17,153 1,378,723 182.7 70.5 Kut

Previous governorates[edit]

Governorate Now part of
Mosul Nineveh Governorate
Duhok Governorate
Diwaniya Al-Qādisiyyah Governorate
Muthanna Governorate
Najaf Governorate
Dulaim (–1962)
Ramadi (1962–1976)
Al Anbar Governorate
Muntafiq (–1976) Dhi Qar Governorate
Amara (–1976) Maysan Governorate
Kut (–1976) Wasit Governorate
Baghdad Baghdad Governorate
Saladin Governorate
Kirkuk (–1976)
At-Ta'mim (1976–2006)
Kirkuk Governorate

Formerly governorates[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ https://www.constituteproject.org/constitution/Iraq_2005.pdf?lang=en
  2. ^ "KRG order turning Halabja into province sets off street celebrations". Rudaw. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  3. ^ "Kurdistan Region President signs Halabja province directive". Kurdistan Region Presidency. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  4. ^ a b "Resolutions of Council of Ministers For Session No. 3 on 21/1/2014". 21 January 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
  5. ^ "Iraqi Council of Ministers approved new provinces of Tuz Xurmatu and Tal Afar". Kurd Net. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  6. ^ "Original PDF". dx.doi.org. Retrieved 2021-05-10.