Provinces of Afghanistan

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Provinces of Afghanistan
Also known as:
wilayat
Afghanistan provinces numbered gray.PNG
Category Unitary state
Location Islamic Republic of Afghanistan
Number 34 provinces
Populations 147,964 (Nimruz) – 4,372,977 (Kabul)
Areas 1,840 km2 (711 sq mi) (Kapisa) – 58,580 km2 (22,619 sq mi) (Helmand)
Government Provincial government, National government
Subdivisions District

Afghanistan is made up of 34 provinces (ولايت wilayat). The provinces of Afghanistan are the primary administrative divisions. Each province encompasses a number of districts and/or usually over 1,000 villages.

Provincial governments are led by a governor who is appointed by the President of Afghanistan.[1] Each province is represented in the government of Afghanistan by two members in the House of Elders. One is elected by the provincial council to a four-year term while the second is elected by the district councils to a three-year term. Representation in the House of the People is directly from the districts, although in each province, two or more of the representatives must be women. They are appointed by the President of Afghanistan.

Provinces of Afghanistan[edit]

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Provinces of Afghanistan[2]
Province Map # ISO 3166-2:AF[3] Centers Population (2015)[4] Area (km²) Notes U.N. Region
Badakhshan 30 AF-BDS Fayzabad 950,953 44,059 29 districts North East Afghanistan
Badghis 4 AF-BDG Qala i Naw 495,958 20,591 7 districts West Afghanistan
Baghlan 19 AF-BGL Puli Khumri 910,784 21,118 16 districts North East Afghanistan
Balkh 13 AF-BAL Mazar-i-Sharif 1,325,659 17,249 15 districts North West Afghanistan
Bamyan 15 AF-BAM Bamyan 447,218 14,175 7 districts Central Afghanistan
Daykundi 10 AF-DAY Nili 424,339 18,088 8 districts South West Afghanistan
Farah 2 AF-FRA Farah 507,405 48,471 11 districts West Afghanistan
Faryab 5 AF-FYB Maymana 998,147 20,293 14 districts North West Afghanistan
Ghazni 16 AF-GHA Ghazni 1,228,831 22,915 19 districts South East Afghanistan
Ghor 6 AF-GHO Chaghcharan 690,296 36,479 10 districts West Afghanistan
Helmand 7 AF-HEL Lashkar Gah 924,711 58,584 13 districts South West Afghanistan
Herat 1 AF-HER Herat 1,890,202 54,778 15 districts West Afghanistan
Jowzjan 8 AF-JOW Sheberghan 540,255 11,798 9 districts North West Afghanistan
Kabul 22 AF-KAB Kabul 4,372,977 4,462 18 districts Central Afghanistan
Kandahar 12 AF-KAN Kandahar 1,226,593 54,022 16 districts South East Afghanistan
Kapisa 29 AF-KAP Mahmud-i-Raqi 441,010 1,842 7 districts Central Afghanistan
Khost 26 AF-KHO Khost 574,582 4,152 13 districts South East Afghanistan
Kunar 34 AF-KNR Asadabad 450,652 4,942 15 districts North East Afghanistan
Kunduz 18 AF-KDZ Kunduz 1,010,037 8,040 7 districts North East Afghanistan
Laghman 32 AF-LAG Mihtarlam 445,588 3,843 5 districts East Afghanistan
Logar 23 AF-LOG Pul-i-Alam 392,045 3,880 7 districts Central Afghanistan
Maidan Wardak 21 AF-WAR Maidan Shar 596,287 9,934 9 districts Central Afghanistan
Nangarhar 33 AF-NAN Jalalabad 1,517,388 7,727 23 districts East Afghanistan
Nimruz 3 AF-NIM Zaranj 164,978 41,005 5 districts South West Afghanistan
Nuristan 31 AF-NUR Parun 147,967 9,225 7 districts North East Afghanistan
Paktia 24 AF-PIA Gardez 551,987 6,432 11 districts South East Afghanistan
Paktika 25 AF-PKA Sharana 434,742 19,482 15 districts South East Afghanistan
Panjshir 28 AF-PAN Bazarak 153,487 3,610 5 districts North East Afghanistan
Parwan 20 AF-PAR Charikar 664,502 5,974 9 districts Central Afghanistan
Samangan 14 AF-SAM Samangan 387,928 11,262 5 districts North West Afghanistan
Sar-e Pol 9 AF-SAR Sar-e Pol 559,577 16,360 7 districts North West Afghanistan
Takhar 27 AF-TAK Taloqan 983,336 12,333 16 districts North East Afghanistan
Urozgan 11 AF-URU Tarinkot 386,818 12,696 6 districts Central Afghanistan
Zabul 17 AF-ZAB Qalat 304,126 17,343 9 districts South East Afghanistan

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References[edit]

  1. ^ Ahmed, Azam (December 8, 2012). "For Afghan Officials, Facing Prospect of Death Is in the Job Description". New York Times. Retrieved 18 June 2013. 
  2. ^ References and details on data provided in the table can be found within the individual provincial articles.
  3. ^ ISO 3166-2:AF (ISO 3166-2 codes for the provinces of Afghanistan)
  4. ^ Afghanistan at GeoHive

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