Regions of Venezuela

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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 forthey purpose of administration, managed themselves through their own local governments.

Natural (geographic) regions[edit]

Natural Regions of Venezuela

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.[1]

The geographic regional groups that make up the Venezuelan territory are:[2]

Administrative regions[edit]

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.

Administrative Region Population¹ Area² States
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


  1. Population figures are 2005 estimates
  2. 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.


  1. ^ Imagen de Venezuela: una visión espacial (in Spanish). Caracas, Venezuela: Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. 1992. ISBN 980-259-475-X. 
  2. ^ Vargas Ponce, José; García, Pablo Emilio. Geografía: 9º Educación Básica (in Spanish). Ed. Romor. p. 45. ISBN 980-6010-67-1.