Districts of Afghanistan

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This is a list of districts of Afghanistan, known as wuleswali (Pashto: ولسوالۍ‎, wuləswāləi; Persian: ولسوالی‌vulusvāli). 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 thru splits, and a few eliminated thru 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.

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.

Northeast Afghanistan

Badakhshan Province

Badakhshan districts.png

Baghlan Province

Districts of Baghlan.

Kunduz Province

Districts of Kunduz.

Takhar Province

Districts of Takhar.

Northwest Afghanistan

Balkh Province

Districts of Balkh.

Faryab Province

Districts of Faryab.

Jowzjan Province

Districts of Jowzjan.

Samangan Province

Districts of Samangan.

Sar-e Pol Province

Districts of Sar-e Pol.

Central Afghanistan

Kabul Province

Districts of Kabul.

Kapisa Province

Districts of Kapisa.

Logar Province

Districts of Logar.

Panjshir Province

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 Province

Districts of Parwan.

Wardak Province

Districts of Wardak.

Eastern Afghanistan

Kunar Province

Districts of Kunar.

Laghman Province

Districts of Laghman.

Nangarhar Province

Districts of Nangarhar.

Nuristan Province

Districts of Nuristan.

Western Afghanistan

Badghis Province

Districts of Badghis.

Bamyan Province

Districts of Bamyan.

Farah Province

Districts of Farah.

Ghor Province

Districts of Ghor.

Herat Province

Districts of Herat.

Southeast Afghanistan

Ghazni Province

Districts of Ghazni.

Khost Province

Districts of Khost.

Paktia Province

Districts of Paktia.

Paktika Province

Districts of Paktika.

Southwest Afghanistan

Daykundi Province

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

Helmand Province

Districts of Helmand.

Kandahar Province

Districts of Kandahar.

Nimruz Province

Districts of Nimruz.

Orūzgān Province

Districts of Orūzgān.

Zabul Province

Districts of Zabūl.

See also


  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)

External links

  • Afghanistan Information Management Service, accessed 2006-07-27. [The link is broken. AIMS is defunct.]
  • AIMS District Matching, accessed 2009-01-01. [The link is broken. AIMS is defunct.]
  • Afghanistan District Maps, their history and application to population and control mapping. Accessed 2019-02-14.
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