Provinces of Armenia
Subdivisions of Armenia
CategoryUnitary state
LocationArmenia
Number10 Provinces
1 Special status city
Populations(Provinces only): 52,324 (Vayots Dzor) – 265,770 (Armavir)
Areas(Provinces only): 1,200 km2 (480 sq mi) (Armavir) – 5,350 km2 (2,065 sq mi) (Gegharkunik)
Government
Subdivisions

Armenia is subdivided into eleven administrative divisions. Of these, ten are provinces, known as marzer (մարզեր) or in the singular form marz (մարզ) in Armenian.

Yerevan is treated separately and granted special administrative status as the country's capital. The chief executive in each of 10 marzes is the marzpet, appointed by the government of Armenia. In Yerevan, the chief executive is the mayor, elected by the Yerevan City Council.

First-level administrative divisions

The following is a list of the provinces with population, area, and density information.[1] Figures are from the Statistical Committee of Armenia.[2] The area of the Gegharkunik Province includes Lake Sevan which covers 1,278 square kilometres (493 sq mi) of its territory:

Province Population
(2011 census)
% Population
(2023 estimate)
Area (km2) Density Urban
communities
Rural
communities
Capital
Aragatsotn 132,925 4.4% 133,960 2,756 48/km2 (120/sq mi) 3 69 Ashtarak
Ararat 260,367 8.6% 262,395 2,090 125/km2 (320/sq mi) 4 91 Artashat
Armavir 265,770 8.8% 266,600 1,242 214/km2 (550/sq mi) 3 94 Armavir
Gegharkunik 235,075 7.8% 237,027 5,349 44/km2 (110/sq mi) 5 52 Gavar
Kotayk 254,397 8.4% 256,509 2,086 122/km2 (320/sq mi) 7 35 Hrazdan
Lori 235,537 7.8% 237,492 3,799 62/km2 (160/sq mi) 7 50 Vanadzor
Shirak 251,941 8.3% 254,033 2,680 94/km2 (240/sq mi) 3 39 Gyumri
Syunik 141,771 4.7% 142,948 4,506 32/km2 (83/sq mi) 5 3 Kapan
Tavush 128,609 4.3% 129,676 2,704 48/km2 (120/sq mi) 5 19 Ijevan

Vayots Dzor

52,324 1.7% 53,284 2,308 23/km2 (60/sq mi) 3 5 Yeghegnadzor
Yerevan 1,060,138 35.1% 1,094,813 223 4,754/km2 (12,310/sq mi) 1 n/a n/a

Municipalities (hamaynkner)

Main article: Municipalities of Armenia

Within each province of the republic, there are municipal communities (hamaynkner, singular hamaynk), currently considered the second-level administrative division in Armenia. Each municipality - known officially as community, either rural or urban- is a self-governing entity and consists of one or more settlements (bnakavayrer, singular bnakavayr). The settlements are classified as either towns (kaghakner, singular kaghak) or villages (gyugher, singular gyugh). As of January 2018, Armenia is divided into 503 communities, of which 46 are urban and 457 are rural. The capital, Yerevan, also holds the status of a community.[3] Additionally, Yerevan is divided into twelve semi-autonomous districts.

Terminology

Armenian singular Armenian plural English Comment
marz (մարզ) marzer (մարզեր) province First-level
hamaynk (համայնք) hamaynkner (համայնքներ) municipality, either urban (city/town) or rural (village) Second-level
bnakavayr (բնակավայր) bnakavayrer (բնակավայրեր) settlement (village) Third-level
t'aghayin hamaynk (թաղային համայնք) t'aghayin hamaynkner (թաղային համայնքներ) neighborhood community or district only in Yerevan, see Districts of Yerevan

See also

References

  1. ^ "Provinces: area, population and density" (PDF).
  2. ^ "Estimated population of Armenia as of 01.01.2016" (PDF).
  3. ^ "Regions". The Government of Armenia.