Districts of Afghanistan

This is a list of districts of Afghanistan, known as wuleswali (Pashto: ولسوالۍ‎, wuləswāləi; Persian: ولسوالی‎, shahrestān). These are secondary level administrative units, one level below the provinces. The Afghan government issued its first district map in 1973.[1][2] It recognized 325 districts, counting wuleswalis (districts), alaqadaries (sub-districts), and markaz-e-wulaiyat (provincial center districts).[2] In the ensuing years additional districts have been added through splits, and a few eliminated through mergers. In June 2005, the Afghan government issued a map of 398 districts.[3] It was widely adopted as by many information management systems, though usually with the addition of Sharak-e-Hayratan for a 399 district total. Here is a link to a clean rendering of the 399 district set as a spreadsheet from an official Afghan source.[4] It remains the de facto standard, as of late 2018, despite a string of government announcements of the creation of new districts.

Districts of Afghanistan
Afghanistan political map-provinces named

The latest set includes 421 districts. "Almost unnoticed,the country’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) have come up with a joint, consolidated list of how many districts Afghanistan has. It has handed this list over to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) that has used it in preparing the elections. The number is: 387. [Or 387 "districts" and 34 "provincial center districts" for 421 districts in total].[5] Here is an external link to a spreadsheet of some of the more recent generations of district sets.[6]

The list below includes districts with links to other Wikipedia pages. It doesn't correspond with any particular district set. It lacks a number of districts currently recognized by the Afghan government, and lacks some others that are popularly but not officially recognized.

Northern AfghanistanEdit

North East AfghanistanEdit

Badakhshan ProvinceEdit

Baghlan ProvinceEdit

Districts of Baghlan.

Kunduz ProvinceEdit

Districts of Kunduz.

Takhar ProvinceEdit

Districts of Takhar.

North West AfghanistanEdit

Balkh ProvinceEdit

Districts of Balkh.

Faryab ProvinceEdit

Districts of Faryab.

Jowzjan ProvinceEdit

Districts of Jowzjan.

Samangan ProvinceEdit

Districts of Samangan.

Sar-e Pol ProvinceEdit

Districts of Sar-e Pol.

Central AfghanistanEdit

Central AfghanistanEdit

Bamyan ProvinceEdit

Districts of Bamyan.

Kabul ProvinceEdit

Districts of Kabul.

Kapisa ProvinceEdit

Districts of Kapisa.

Logar ProvinceEdit

Districts of Logar.

Panjshir ProvinceEdit

District of Panjshir.
  • Anaba - part of the former Panjsher District
  • Bazarak - part of the former Panjsher District
  • Darah - part of the former Hisa Duwum Panjsher District
  • Khenj - part of the former Hisa Awal Panjsher District
  • Paryan - part of the former Hisa Awal Panjsher District
  • Rokha - created from parts of the former Hisa Duwum Panjsher and Panjsher Districts
  • Shotul - part of the former Panjsher District

Parwan ProvinceEdit

Districts of Parwan.

Wardak ProvinceEdit

Districts of Wardak.

Eastern AfghanistanEdit

Kunar ProvinceEdit

Districts of Kunar.

Laghman ProvinceEdit

Districts of Laghman.

Nangarhar ProvinceEdit

Districts of Nangarhar.

Nuristan ProvinceEdit

Districts of Nuristan.

Western AfghanistanEdit

Badghis ProvinceEdit

Districts of Badghis.

Farah ProvinceEdit

Districts of Farah.

Ghor ProvinceEdit

Districts of Ghor.

Herat ProvinceEdit

Districts of Herat.

Southern AfghanistanEdit

South East AfghanistanEdit

Ghazni ProvinceEdit

Districts of Ghazni.

Khost ProvinceEdit

Districts of Khost.

Paktia ProvinceEdit

Districts of Paktia.

Paktika ProvinceEdit

Districts of Paktika.

South West AfghanistanEdit

Daykundi ProvinceEdit

Districts of Daykundi.
  • Ishtarlay - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Kajran - shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Khadir - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Kiti - formerly part of Kajran District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Miramor - formerly part of Sharistan District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Nili - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Sangtakht - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Shahristan - shifted from Uruzgan Province

Helmand ProvinceEdit

Districts of Helmand.

Kandahar ProvinceEdit

Districts of Kandahar.

Nimruz ProvinceEdit

Districts of Nimruz.

Orūzgān ProvinceEdit

Districts of Orūzgān.

Zabul ProvinceEdit

Districts of Zabūl.

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Minor Civil Divisions Map 1:1,000,000 scale Afghan Demographic Studies, Ministry of Planning, Ashraf et al., 1973
  2. ^ a b Afghanistan; Districts and Codes by Province, Edition 2.0, AID / Rep. DC&A Mapping Unit, October 1991, Peshawar, Pakistan [1]
  3. ^ Empirical Studies of Conflict program, Princeton University. "Administrative Boundaries : 398 Districts". Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. ^ "District names in English and Dari, latitude/longitude centerpoint for each of the 399 district-level entities recognized by the Afghanistan government. It is based on data provided by the Afghanistan Geodesic and Cartographic Head Office (AGCHO) in August 2010. It was formatted and posted by Princeton University's Empirical Studies of Conflict site". August 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. ^ Ruttig, Thomas. "Good news and bad news about district numbers". Afghanistan Analysts Network. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  6. ^ Spreadsheet listing of the 399, 407, 419 and 421 district sets. "Afghanistan District Maps; Lookup Tool tab". Retrieved February 24, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)

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