Homs Governorate

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Homs Governorate

مُحافظة حمص
Map of Syria with Homs highlighted
Map of Syria with Homs highlighted
Coordinates (Homs): 34°18′N 38°18′E / 34.3°N 38.3°E / 34.3; 38.3Coordinates: 34°18′N 38°18′E / 34.3°N 38.3°E / 34.3; 38.3
CountrySyria
CapitalHoms
Manatiq (Districts)7
Government
 • GovernorTalal Barazi
Area
 • Total42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi)
 Estimates range between 42,223 km² and 42,226 km²
Population
(2011)
 • Total1,803,000
 • Density43/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 (EEST)
ISO 3166 codeSY-HO
Main language(s)Arabic

Homs Governorate (Arabic: مُحافظة حمص‎ / ALA-LC: Muḥāfaẓat Ḥimṣ) is one of the fourteen governorates (provinces) of Syria. It is situated in central Syria. Its area differs in various sources, from 40,940 km2 (15,807 sq mi)[1] to 42,223 km2 (16,302 sq mi).[2] It is thus geographically the largest governorate of Syria. Homs Governorate has a population of 1,763,000 (2010 estimate). The Homs governorate is divided into 6 administrative districts (mantiqah), with the city of Homs as a separate district. Homs is the capital city of the district of Homs. Its governor is Talal al-Barazi.[3]

A Homs Governorate also formed part of Ottoman Syria, when it was also known as the Sanjak of Homs.

Districts[edit]

The governorate is divided into 7 districts (manatiq):

The districts are further divided into 25 sub-districts (nawahi).

Demographics[edit]

The Al-Mukharram District is predominantly inhabited by Alawites. The Taldou, Talkalakh, Homs and Al-Qusayr districts have a mixed Alawite, Sunni Muslim and Christian population. The Al-Qusayr District is also home to a large number of Shia Muslims.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Syria Provinces".
  2. ^ "Syria: Governorates, Major Cities & Localities - Population Statistics in Maps and Charts".
  3. ^ Zwaan, Irene de (7 April 2014). "Pater Frans van der Lugt doodgeschoten in Homs - Burgeroorlog in Syrië - VK". de Volkskrant (in Dutch). Retrieved 7 April 2014.

External links[edit]

  • ehoms The First Complete website for Homs news and services