Sarmi Regency

Sarmi Regency is one of the regencies (kabupaten) in Papua Province of Indonesia. It was formed from the western districts then within Jayapura Regency with effect from 12 November 2002. It covers an area of 18,034.0 km2, and had a population of 32,971 at the 2010 Census[2] and 41,515 at the 2020 Census.[3] The regency's administrative centre is at the town of Sarmi.

Sarmi Regency

Kabupaten Sarmi
Coat of arms of Sarmi Regency
Coat of arms
Mandiri dan Bermartabat
(Independent and Dignified)
91.10.00 Papua Sarmi.svg
Sarmi Regency is located in Western New Guinea
Sarmi Regency
Sarmi Regency
Sarmi Regency is located in Indonesia
Sarmi Regency
Sarmi Regency
Sarmi Regency (Indonesia)
Coordinates: 2°25′00″S 139°05′00″E / 2.4167°S 139.0833°E / -2.4167; 139.0833Coordinates: 2°25′00″S 139°05′00″E / 2.4167°S 139.0833°E / -2.4167; 139.0833
Country Indonesia
 • RegentEduard Fonataba
 • Vice RegentYosina T.
 • Total18,034.0 km2 (6,963.0 sq mi)
 (2020 Census)[1]
 • Total41,515
 • Density2.3/km2 (6.0/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+9 (Indonesia Eastern Time)
Area code(+62) 966

Sarmi is named from an acronym of the five main tribes, which are Sobey, Armati, Rumbuai, Manirem, and Isirawa. The five tribes do not represent the overall tribal diversity in this regency which has 87 tribes, each with their own language.[4]

Administrative DistrictsEdit

At the 2010 Census, Sarmi Regency comprised ten districts (distrik), but subsequently nine additional districts (Sungai Biri, Veen, Bonggo Barat, Ismari, Sobey, Muara Toy, Verkam, Apawer Hilir and Apawer Tengah) have been created by splitting existing districts. These nineteen districts are tabulated below with their areas and their populations at the 2010 Census[5] and the 2020 Census.[6] The table also includes the locations of the district administrative centres.

District Area
in km2
Pantai Timur Bagian Barat
(Western East Coast)
2,455 3,701 3,077 Burtin/Asyaf
Pantai Timur
(East Coast)
1,794 2,132 2,179 Betaf III
Sungai Biri 1,422 (a) 695 Ansudu
Veen 1,829 (a) 1,919 Wakde/Ampera
Bonggo 385 3,883 3,115 Kiren
Bonggo Timur
(East Bonggo)
863 2,846 3,285 Mawesmukti
Bonggo Barat
(West Bonggo)
308 (a) 1,221 Podena
Tor Alas 1,988 1,713 930 Samanente
Ismari 1,687 (a) 365 Waaf
Sarmi 419 11,633 13,813 Sarmi
Sarmi Timur
(East Sarmi)
222 1,555 777 Waskey
Sarmi Selatan
(South Sarmi)
302 1,799 2,178 Wapoania
Sobey 127 (a) 1,862 Ragaiserwar
Muara Toy 782 (a) 1,079 Ebram
Verkan 649 (a) 1,062 Amsira
Pantai Barat
(West Coast)
810 2,248 1,281 Arbais
Apawer Hulu
(Upper Apawer)
779 1,461 1,232 Aurimi
Apawer Hilir
(Lower Apawer)
578 (a) 878 Burgena
Apawer Tengah
(Central Apawer)
635 (a) 567 Airoran
Totals 18,034 32,971 41,515 Sarmi

Notes: (a) the 2010 population of this new district is included with the figure for the district(s) from which it was subsequently cut out.


  1. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  2. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011
  3. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.
  4. ^
  5. ^ Biro Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2011.
  6. ^ Badan Pusat Statistik, Jakarta, 2021.

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