Administrative divisions of Azerbaijan

Azerbaijan is administratively divided into 66 districts (rayon) and 11 cities (şəhər) that are subordinate to the Republic. Out of these, 7 districts and 1 city is located within the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic. The districts are further divided into municipalities (bələdiyyə).

Additionally, the districts of Azerbaijan are grouped into 14 Economic Regions (İqtisadi Rayon).[1] On July 7, 2021, the President of Azerbaijan Ilham Aliyev signed Decree "On the new division of economic regions in the Republic of Azerbaijan".[2]

Administrative divisions

Contiguous Azerbaijan

Districts and cities of Azerbaijan

The territory of former Nagorno-Karabakh Autonomous Oblast presently consists of the districts of Khojavend, Shusha, Khojaly, the eastern portion of Kalbajar and the western portion of Tartar. The Autonomous Oblast was abolished on 26 November 1991, by the Supreme Soviet of the Azerbaijan SSR. Since then, the territory of the autonomous oblast has been administratively split between the aforementioned districts.

As a result of the First Nagorno-Karabakh War, most of Nagorno-Karabakh and surrounding districts came under the occupation of ethnic Armenian forces.[3] The self-proclaimed Republic of Artsakh also controlled a large part of southwestern Azerbaijan outside Nagorno-Karabakh. The Azerbaijani districts completely or partially controlled by Artsakh are noted in the list. Artsakh does not recognise these districts and has its own system of administrative division. Azerbaijan regained control of all of the surrounding districts and large parts of Nagorno-Karabakh following the 2020 Nagorno-Karabakh war.

The list below represents mainland Azerbaijan and excludes the districts of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic:

Map ref. Administrative division Azerbaijani name Capital Area[4]
(km2)
Population[4]
(2011 est.)
Note
1 Absheron District Abşeron Xırdalan 1,360 192,900 Includes an exclave in Baku
2 Aghjabadi District Ağcabədi Aghjabadi 1,760 124,000
3 Aghdam District Ağdam Alıbəyli 1,150 180,600
4 Agdash District Ağdaş Agdash 1,050 100,600
5 Aghstafa District Ağstafa Agstafa 1,500 81,400
6 Agsu District Ağsu Agsu 1,020 72,100
7 Şirvan (city) Şirvan 30 78,700 Known as Ali Bayramli (Əli Bayramlı) until 2008
8 Astara District Astara Astara 620 98,300
9 Baku (city) Bakı 2,130 2,092,400 Capital and largest city of Azerbaijan
10 Balakan District Balakən Balakan 920 91,100
11 Barda District Bərdə Barda 960 143,900
12 Beylagan District Beyləqan Beylagan 1,130 87,900
13 Bilasuvar District Biləsuvar Bilasuvar 1,400 90,300
14 Jabrayil District Cəbrayıl Jabrayil 1,050 72,700
15 Jalilabad District Cəlilabad Jalilabad 1,440 196,500
16 Dashkasan District Daşkəsən Dashkasan 1,050 33,200
17 Shabran District Şabran Shabran 1,090 53,000 Known as Davachi (Dəvəçi) until 2010
18 Fuzuli District Füzuli Füzuli 1,390 118,900
19 Gadabay District Gədəbəy Gadabay 1,290 95,000
20 Ganja (city) Gəncə 110 316,300
21 Goranboy District Goranboy Goranboy 1,760 96,200
22 Goychay District Göyçay Goychay 740 111,100
23 Hajigabul District Hacıqabul Hajiqabul 1,640 67,300
24 Imishli District İmişli Imishli 1,820 116,600
25 Ismayilli District İsmayıllı Ismayilli 2,060 80,900
26 Kalbajar District Kəlbəcər Kalbajar 3,050 83,200 Partly under de facto control of Artsakh
27 Kurdamir District Kürdəmir Kurdamir 1,630 105,700
28 Lachin District Laçın Lachin 1,840 70,900
29 Lankaran District Lənkəran Lankaran 1,540 209,900
30 Lankaran (city) Lənkəran 70 83,300
31 Lerik District Lerik Lerik 1,080 76,400
32 Masally District Masallı Masally 720 202,500
33 Mingachevir (city) Mingəçevir 130 97,800
34 Naftalan (city) Naftalan 30 9,100
35 Neftchala District Neftçala Neftchala 1,450 81,300
36 Oghuz District Oğuz Oghuz 1,220 40,900
37 Qabala District Qəbələ Qabala 1,550 95,600
38 Qakh District Qax Qakh 1,490 53,900
39 Qazax District Qazax Qazax 700 90,800 Partly under de facto control of Armenia
40 Gobustan District Qobustan Gobustan 1,370 41,100
41 Quba District Quba Quba 2,580 155,600
42 Qubadli District Qubadlı Qubadli 800 36,700
43 Qusar District Qusar Qusar 1,540 89,300
44 Saatly District Saatlı Saatly 1,180 95,100
45 Sabirabad District Sabirabad Sabirabad 1,470 155,400
46 Shaki District Şəki Shaki 2,430 173,500
47 Shaki (city) Şəki 9 63,700
48 Salyan District Salyan Salyan 1,790 124,900
49 Shamakhi District Şamaxı Shamakhi 1,610 93,700
50 Shamkir District Şəmkir Shamkir 1,660 196,100
51 Samukh District Samux Samukh 1,450 54,600
52 Siyazan District Siyəzən Siyazan 700 38,400
53 Sumgait (city) Sumqayıt 80 314,800
54 Shusha District Şuşa Shusha 290 32,800
55 Tartar District Tərtər Tartar 960 98,400 Partly under de facto control of Artsakh
56 Tovuz District Tovuz Tovuz 1,900 160,700
57 Ujar District Ucar Ujar 850 79,800
58 Khachmaz District Xaçmaz Khachmaz 1,050 162,100
59 Khankendi (city) Xankəndi 8 55,200 Under de facto control of Artsakh
60 Goygol District Göygöl Goygol 1,030 58,300 Known as Khanlar (Xanlar) until 2008
61 Khizi District Xızı Khizi 1,850 14,700
62 Khojaly District Xocalı Khojaly 940 26,500 Mostly under de facto control of Artsakh
63 Khojavend District Xocavənd Khojavend 1,460 42,100 Partly under de facto control of Artsakh
64 Yardimli District Yardımlı Yardimli 670 59,600
65 Yevlakh District Yevlax Yevlakh 1,540 119,600
66 Yevlakh (city) Yevlax 95 59,036
67 Zangilan District Zəngilan Zangilan 710 40,500
68 Zagatala District Zaqatala Zaqatala 1,350 120,300
69 Zardab District Zərdab Zardab 860 54,000
TOTAL 81,100 8,700,600

Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic

The seven districts and one municipality of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic are listed below.

Map ref. Administrative division Azerbaijani name Capital Area[4]
(km2)
Population[4]
(2011 est.)
Note
1 Babek District Babək Babek 900 65,100 Known as Nakhchivan until 1991
2 Julfa District Culfa Julfa 1,000 42,600
3 Kangarli District Kəngərli Qıvraq 680 28,600 Split from Babek in March 2004
4 Nakhchivan (city) Naxçıvan 130 84,700 Split from Nakhchivan (Babek District) in 1991
5 Ordubad District Ordubad Ordubad 970 46,100 Split from Julfa in 1965[5]
6 Sadarak District Sədərək Sadarak 150 14,400 Split from Sharur in 1990; includes the Karki exclave under de facto control of Armenia
7 Shahbuz District Şahbuz Şahbuz 920 23,200 Split from Nakhchivan (Babek) in 1965[5]
8 Sharur District Şərur Sharur 810 105,400 Known as Norashen until 1964 and Ilyich until 1990[5]
TOTAL 5,560 410,100

Economic Regions

Map of economic regions of Azerbaijan (July 2021)
Economic region[6] Area
(km2)[7]
Population
(2021)
[7]
Population
density
(2021; pop. per km2)
Note
Baku 2,140 2,300,500 1075 Includes Baku itself. It is the main economic centre of Azerbaijan.
Main industries: international trade, oil refining, chemical, machine-building, food, textiles.[8]
The military industry, high-tech industries, and information technologies are being developed.[9]
Absheron-Khizi 3,730 578,800 155 Includes the Absheron and Khizi administrative districts and the city of Sumgait.
The main industries are petrochemical, chemical, heavy industry, ferrous and non-ferrous metallurgy, energy, mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, light and food, construction, transport infrastructure.
Ganja-Dashkasan 5,270 611,300 116 Includes Dashkasan, Goranboy, Goygol, Samukh administrative districts and the cities of Ganja, Naftalan.
Shaki-Zagatala 8,840 630,400 71 Includes Balakan, Qakh, Qabala, Oghuz, Zagatala, Shaki administrative districts.
Main industries: light and food.[10]
Lankaran-Astara 6,070 953,600 157 Includes Astara, Jalilabad, Lerik, Yardimli, Lankaran administrative districts.
Main industry: food.
Guba-Khachmaz 6,960 558,700 80 Includes Shabran, Khachmaz, Guba, Qusar, Siyazan administrative districts.
Main industries: agriculture, light, and food.[11]
Central Aran 6,690 740,000 111 Includes Agdash, Goychay, Kurdamir, Ujar, Yevlakh, Zardab administrative districts, and the city of Mingachevir.[12]
Karabakh 8,990 904,500 101 Includes Agjabadi, Aghdam, Barda, Fuzuli, Khojaly, Khojavend, Shusha, Tartar administrative regions and the city of Khankendi (Stepanakert).
East Zangezur 7,470 343,500 46 Includes Jabrayil, Kalbajar, Qubadli, Lachin, Zangilan administrative districts.
Mountainous Shirvan 6,130 324,800 53 Includes Agsu, Ismayilli, Gobustan, Shamakhi administrative districts.
Main industries: light and food.
Nakhchivan 5,500 461,500 84 Includes the whole territory of the Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic.
Main industries: light and food.
Gazakh-Tovuz 7,030 687,600 98 Includes Aghstafa, Gadabay, Gazakh, Shamkir, Tovuz administrative districts.
Mil-Mughan 5,670 522,600 92 Includes Beylagan, Imishli, Saatly, Sabirabad administrative districts.
Shirvan-Salyan 6,080 501,300 82 Includes Bilasuvar, Hajigabul, Neftchala, Salyan administrative districts and the city of Shirvan.
TOTAL 86,570 9,593,000 111

See also

References

  1. ^ "Azerbaijan Regions" Archived 2016-02-24 at the Wayback Machine, Regional Development Center in Azerbaijan.
  2. ^ "New economic regions of Azerbaijan – LIST". Report News Agency. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  3. ^ "The World Factbook — Central Intelligence Agency". www.cia.gov.
  4. ^ a b c d "Territories, number, density of population and territorial units by economic and administrative regions of Azerbaijan Republic" Archived January 7, 2012, at the Wayback Machine, The State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan.
  5. ^ a b c Hewsen, Robert H. (2001). Armenia: A Historical Atlas. University of Chicago Press.
  6. ^ "Azərbaycan Prezidentinin Rəsmi internet səhifəsi - SƏNƏDLƏR » Fərmanlar". president.az (in Azerbaijani). Retrieved 2021-09-26.
  7. ^ a b "Territories, number and density of population by economic and administrative regions of the Republic of Azerbaijan". The State Statistical Committee of the Republic of Azerbaijan. 2021. Retrieved 24 April 2022.
  8. ^ "10.2 An Overview - Baku: City that Oil Built - by Farid Alakbarov". azer.com. Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  9. ^ "В Баку началось серийное производство боевых машин типа". ИА REGNUM (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  10. ^ "Demography". Archived from the original on 2015-09-20.
  11. ^ "Мамедов Р.М. (2011) Анализ и оценка хозяйственных комплексов экономических районов Азербайджана". Издательство Креативная экономика (in Russian). Retrieved 2021-07-09.
  12. ^ "Aran economic region". Archived from the original on 2017-05-30.
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