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A mkhare (Georgian: მხარე, mxare) is a type of administrative division in the country of Georgia. It is usually translated into English as "region".

According to presidential decrees issued in 1994 and 1996,[citation needed] Georgia's division into regions is on a provisional basis until the secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are resolved. The regional administration is headed by a state commissioner (სახელმწიფო რწმუნებული, Saxelmćipo Rćmunebuli, usually translated as "governor"), an official appointed by the president.

The regions are further subdivided into municipalities.[1] There are nine regions in Georgia (see also map opposite):

Region Capital Population estimate (as of Jan. 1, 2019) [2]
Guria Ozurgeti 109,396
Imereti Kutaisi 497,396
Kakheti Telavi 312,453
Kvemo Kartli Rustavi 433,162
Mtskheta-Mtianeti Mtskheta 93,636
Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti   Ambrolauri 29,701
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Zugdidi 308,358
Samtskhe-Javakheti Akhaltsikhe 154,139
Shida Kartli Gori 257,279

See also


  1. ^ "Administrative divisions of Georgia (country)", Wikipedia, 2023-07-10, retrieved 2023-08-08
  2. ^ Circle. "Population - National Statistics Office of Georgia". Retrieved 2020-03-26.