A mkhare (Georgian: მხარე, mxare) is a type of administrative division in the country of Georgia. It is usually translated as "region".

According to presidential decrees in 1994 and 1996,[citation needed] Georgia's division into regions is on a provisional basis until the secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are resolved. The regional administration is headed by a State Commissioner (სახელმწიფო რწმუნებული, Saxelmćipo Rćmunebuli, usually translated as "Governor"), an official appointed by the President.

The regions are further subdivided into raionis (districts). There are 9 regions in Georgia (see also map opposite):

Region Capital Population Estimate (as of Jan. 1, 2019) [1]
Guria Ozurgeti 109,396
Imereti Kutaisi 497,396
Kakheti Telavi 312,453
Kvemo Kartli Rustavi 433,162
Mtskheta-Mtianeti Mtskheta 93,636
Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti   Ambrolauri 29,701
Samegrelo Zugdidi 316,195
Samtskhe-Javakheti Akhaltsikhe 154,139
Shida Kartli Gori 257,279
Zemo Svaneti Mestia 257,279

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  1. ^ Circle. "Population - National Statistics Office of Georgia". www.geostat.ge. Retrieved 2020-03-26.