Sohag Governorate on the map of Egypt
|• Governor||Ayman Mohamed Abdel Monaem|
|• Total||1,547 km2 (597 sq mi)|
|• Density||2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)|
|Time zone||EET (UTC+2)|
Sohag Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة سوهاج Muḥāfẓet Sohag) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It is located in the southern part of the country (Upper Egypt), and covers a stretch of the Nile Valley. Since 1960, its capital has been the city of Sohag. Prior to that, the capital was the city of Girga and the name of the governorate was Girga Governorate.
According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 21.4%. Out of an estimated 4,603,861 people residing in the governorate, 3,618,543 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 985,318 in urban areas.
- Akhmim (Ipu or Khent-Min or Khemmis or Panopolis)
- Dar El Salam
- El Balyana
- El Mansha
- El Maragha
- El Usayrat
- Girga (Tjeny or Thinis)
According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:
- Al Kawthar District
- Al Ahaiwa
- Beit Dawood, west of Gerga
- West Of Tahta
- (New urban community industrial zone) New Sohag
- Abydos El Balyana (Abedju)
- Apollonos Polis (Kom Isfaht)
- Beit Khallaf
- El Hawawish
- El Salamuni
- Gabal El Haridi
- Hut-Repyt (Athribis or Wannina)
- Kom Ishqaw (Aphrodito)
- Tjebu (Djew-Qa or Antaeopolis or Qaw el-Kebir)
- Red Monastery
- White Monastery
- "Sohag Governorate". Egypt's Government Governorate's Directory. Retrieved 17 October 2016.
- Law, Gwillim (1999). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998 (snippet view). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-7864-0729-3. Retrieved 2010-08-07.
- "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 23 October 2016.
- "Investment Regimes, Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016.
- Sohag Governorate Official website
- Hopkins, Nicholas S., Directions of Change in Rural Egypt, Oxford University Press, 2004
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