Governorates of Iraq
Iraq presently consists of 19 governorates (muḥāfażah in Arabic, parêzga in Kurdish), also known as "provinces". As per the Iraqi constitution, three or more governorates can join to form an autonomous region. Baghdad and Basra are the oldest standing administrative regions of Iraq while In 2014 the decision was made to create the Halabja Governorate out of the Halabja District of Sulaymaniyah Governorate.
المحافظات العراقية (Arabic)
پارێزگاکانی عێراق (Kurdish)
|Also known as:|
|Location||Republic of Iraq|
|Populations||220,000 (Halabja) – 7,055,200 (Baghdad)|
|Areas||529 km2 (204.2 sq mi) (Baghdad) – 138,500 km2 (53,476 sq mi) (Al Anbar)|
On 21 January 2014, the Council of Ministers of the Government of Iraq approved in principle proposals to create more governorates. The Council announced that two new governorates Tal Afar and Tuz Khurmatu would be formed from the current Nineveh Governorate and Saladin Governorate, respectively. It was also announced that the city of Fallujah of the Al Anbar Governorate would become a separate governorate, which was announced in response to a Sunni Islamist uprising in the city.
|Governorate||Postal code||ISO code||Total area
7 January 2011
|Governorate||Now part of|
|Al Anbar Governorate|
|Muntafiq (–1976)||Dhi Qar Governorate|
|Amara (–1976)||Maysan Governorate|
|Kut (–1976)||Wasit Governorate|
Formerly claimed governoratesEdit
- Kuwait Governorate (1990–1991)
- "KRG order turning Halabja into province sets off street celebrations". Rudaw. 14 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- "Kurdistan Region President signs Halabja province directive". Kurdistan Region Presidency. 16 March 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- "Resolutions of Council of Ministers For Session No. 3 on 21/1/2014". 21 January 2014. Retrieved 13 August 2016.
- "Iraqi Council of Ministers approved new provinces of Tuz Khurmatu and Tal Afar". Kurd Net. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 23 August 2014.