Regions of Venezuela
Venezuela can be divided into two kind of regions: natural and administrative. The natural regions are divided by natural geographic criteria, while the administrative regions are delineated for the purpose of administration, managed themselves through their own local governments.
Natural (geographic) regions
Because of its natural structure, Venezuela can be divided into eight very distinct geographic natural regions. In the evaluation of a natural region, the human element is not present. The natural region groups of Venezuela formed as a consequence of the association of geo-physical elements such as: geological constitution, relief, climate, hydrography, vegetation, soils, among others.
The geographic regional groups that make up the Venezuelan territory are:
- Andean Natural Region
- Caribbean Mountain-System Natural Region
- Guayana Natural Region
- Insular Natural Region
- Lara-Falcón Hill-System Natural Region
- Los Llanos Natural Region
- Lake Maracaibo Lowlands Natural Region
- Orinoco Delta Natural Region
Venezuela's states, capital district, and federal dependencies have been grouped into administrative regions since a 1969 decree on regionalization that institutionalized a process of region development. The regions thereby created have been modified until attaining their present shape.
|Andean Region||3,911,278||56,700 km²||Barinas, Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo and the Páez Municipality of Apure|
|Capital Region||4,687,002||9,879 km²||Miranda, Vargas, Capital District (Caracas)|
|Central Region||3,851,290||26,464 km²||Aragua, Carabobo, Cojedes|
|Central-Western Region||3,703,675||66,900 km²||Falcón, Lara, Portuguesa, Yaracuy|
|Guayana Region||1,776,545||458,344 km²||Bolívar, Amazonas, Delta Amacuro|
|Insular Region||439,900||1,492 km²||Nueva Esparta, Federal Dependencies|
|Llanos Region||1,181,650||141,486 km²||Apure (excluding the Páez Municipality), Guárico|
|Eastern Region||3,165,217||84,030 km²||Anzoátegui, Monagas, Sucre|
|Zulian Region||3,520,376||63,100 km²||Zulia|
- Population figures are 2005 estimates
- The area of the Páez municipality has, for the time being, been incorrectly counted here as belonging to the Llanos Region, rather than the Andean Region.
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