Governorates of Syria

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Governorates of Syria
محافظات سوريا (Arabic)
Category Unitary State
Location Syrian Arab Republic
Number 14 Governorates
Populations 90,000 (Quneitra) – 4,868,000 (Aleppo)
Areas 110 km2 (41 sq mi) (Damascus) – 42,220 km2 (16,302 sq mi) (Homs)
Government Governorate government
Subdivisions District
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Syria is divided into fourteen governorates, or muhafazat (singular: muhafazah). The governorates are divided into sixty districts, or manatiq (sing. mintaqah), which are further divided into subdistricts, or nawahi (sing. nahia). The nawahi contain villages, which are the smallest administrative units.

Each governorate is headed by a governor, appointed by the interior minister, subject to cabinet approval. The governor is responsible for administration, health, social services, education, tourism, public works, transportation, domestic trade, agriculture, industry, civil defense, and maintenance of law and order in the governorate. The minister of local administration works closely with each governor to coordinate and supervise local development projects. The governor is assisted by a provincial council, three-quarters of whose members are popularly elected for four-year terms, the remainder being appointed by the interior minister and the governor. In addition, each council has an executive arm of six to ten centrally-appointed officers, selected from among the council's elected members. Each executive officer is charged with specific functions.

Districts and subdistricts are administered by officials appointed by the governor, subject to the approval of the interior minister. These officials work on local matters with elected district councils and serve as intermediaries between the central government and traditional local leaders, such as village chiefs, clan leaders, and councils of elders.


The name of the province Space
Population density
Administrative divisions Photo Site
Daraa Governorate 3,730 998,000 [1] 267.65 3 Syria bosra theater.jpg Daraa District Map.png
Deir al-Zour Governorate 33,060 1,200,500 [2] 36.31 3 Bridge of Deir ez-Zor, over Euphrates river, in Syria.JPG Dayr-az-Zawr-map.png
Aleppo Governorate 18,500 4,600,166 248.65 8 Aleppo nights k.jpg SyriaAleppo.PNG
Hamaa Governorate 8,883 1,593,000 179.33 5 120x120px SyriaHama.PNG
Hasaka Governorate 23,334 1,272,702 55.54 4 120x120px Al-Hasakah Map.png
Homs Governorate 42,223 1,762,500 41.74 6 Homs syria3.JPG 105x105px
Idlib Governorate 6,097 1,464,000 240.11 5 Idlib2.jpg SyriaIdlib.PNG
Quneitra Governorate 1,861 87,000 46.74 2 Qunaitra.jpg Quneitra-map.png
Lattakia Governorate 2,297 1,278,486 556.58 4 Lattakia,centre.jpg SyriaLatakia.PNG
Ar Raqqah Governorate 19,616 919,000 46.84 3 ArRaqqahRoofTops.jpg Ar-Raqqah-map.png
Rif-Dimashq Governorate 18,032 2,831,738 157.03 9 Alzabadani.JPG SyriaRifDimasq.PNG
Sweida Governorate 5,550 364,000 65.58 3 As Suwayda's town square.jpg SyriaAsSuwaida.PNG
Damascus Governorate 1,599 2,211,042 18,273.07 1 Damascus by night.JPG Damascus-map.png
Tartus Governorate 1,892 785,000 [3] 414.90 5 Boats on Tartus boat harbor.jpg Tartus in Syria (+Golan hatched).svg


Country Capital Space
Population density
Science Location Administrative divisions
Syria Damascus 185.180 22,515,750 118,91 14 Governorates,
60 Regions
Flag of Syria.svg LocationSyria.svg Syr map.PNG

See also