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Map of the districts of Afghanistan (province boundaries in red)
Map of the districts of Afghanistan (province boundaries in red)
Map of the provinces named
Map of the provinces named

The districts of Afghanistan, known as wuleswali (Pashto: ولسوالۍ, wuləswāləi; Persian: شهرستان, shahrestān), are secondary-level administrative units, one level below 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 through splits, and some eliminated through merges. In June 2005, the Afghan government issued a map of 398 districts.[3] It was widely adopted by many information management systems, though usually with the addition of Sharak-e-Hayratan for 399 districts in total. It remains the de facto standard as of late 2018, despite a string of government announcements of the creation of new districts.[citation needed]

The latest announced set includes 421 districts. The country's Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) came up with a joint, consolidated list of Afghan districts. It has handed this list over to the Independent Election Commission (IEC), which has used it in preparing the elections. The set contains 387 "districts" and 34 "provincial center districts" for 412 districts in total.[4]

This article does not correspond with any particular district set; it lacks a number of districts currently recognized by the Afghan government, and some others that are popularly, but not officially, recognized.[why?]

Northern Afghanistan

North East Afghanistan

Badakhshan Province

Districts of Badakshan
Districts of Badakshan

Baghlan Province

Districts of Baghlan
Districts of Baghlan

Kunduz Province

Districts of Kunduz
Districts of Kunduz

Takhar Province

Districts of Takhar
Districts of Takhar

North West Afghanistan

Balkh Province

Districts of Balkh
Districts of Balkh

Faryab Province

Districts of Faryab
Districts of Faryab

Jowzjan Province

Districts of Jowzjan
Districts of Jowzjan

Samangan Province

Districts of Samangan
Districts of Samangan

Sar-e Pol Province

Districts of Sar-e Pol
Districts of Sar-e Pol

Central Afghanistan

Central Afghanistan

Bamyan Province

Districts of Bamyan
Districts of Bamyan

Kabul Province

Districts of Kabul
Districts of Kabul

Kapisa Province

Districts of Kapisa
Districts of Kapisa

Logar Province

Districts of Logar
Districts of Logar

Panjshir Province

District of Panjshir
District of Panjshir

Parwan Province

Districts of Parwan
Districts of Parwan

Wardak Province

Districts of Wardak
Districts of Wardak

Eastern Afghanistan

Kunar Province

Districts of Kunar
Districts of Kunar

Laghman Province

Districts of Laghman
Districts of Laghman

Nangarhar Province

Districts of Nangarhar
Districts of Nangarhar

Nuristan Province

Districts of Nuristan
Districts of Nuristan

Western Afghanistan

Badghis Province

Districts of Badghis
Districts of Badghis

Farah Province

Districts of Farah
Districts of Farah

Ghor Province

Districts of Ghor
Districts of Ghor

Herat Province

Districts of Herat
Districts of Herat

Southern Afghanistan

South East Afghanistan

Ghazni Province

Districts of Ghazni
Districts of Ghazni

Khost Province

Districts of Khost
Districts of Khost

Paktia Province

Districts of Paktia
Districts of Paktia

Paktika Province

Districts of Paktika
Districts of Paktika

South West Afghanistan

Daykundi Province

Districts of Daykundi
Districts of Daykundi

Helmand Province

Districts of Helmand
Districts of Helmand

Kandahar Province

Districts of Kandahar
Districts of Kandahar

Nimruz Province

Districts of Nimruz
Districts of Nimruz

Orūzgān Province

Districts of Orūzgān
Districts of Orūzgān

Zabul Province

Districts of Zabūl
Districts of Zabūl

See also

References

  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. ^ Ruttig, Thomas. "Good news and bad news about district numbers". Afghanistan Analysts Network. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  1. ^ Spreadsheet listing of the 399, 407, 419 and 421 district sets. "Afghanistan District Maps; Lookup Tool tab". Retrieved February 24, 2019.((cite web)): CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)