Administrative divisions of Georgia (country)

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Autonomous Republics, Regions, Municipalities
Category Unitary state
Location Georgia
Number9 Regions
2 Autonomous Republics
76 Municipalities
Populations(Regions only): 51,000 (Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti) – 487,000 (Imereti)
Areas(Regions only): 2,030 km2 (785 sq mi) (Guria) – 11,380 km2 (4,393 sq mi) (Kakheti)
Government
Regions of Georgia (country).svg
Map ref.RegionCapital
1 Abkhazia Sukhumi (Sokhumi)
2 Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Zugdidi
3 Guria Ozurgeti
4 Adjara Batumi
5 Racha-Lechkhumi
and Kvemo Svaneti
Ambrolauri
6 Imereti Kutaisi
7 Samtskhe-Javakheti Akhaltsikhe
8 Shida Kartli Gori
9 Mtskheta-Mtianeti Mtskheta
10 Kvemo Kartli Rustavi
11 Kakheti Telavi
12 Tbilisi Tbilisi

The subdivisions of Georgia are autonomous republics (Georgian :ავტონომიური რესპუბლიკა, avtonomiuri respublika), regions (მხარე, mkhare ), and municipalities (მუნიციპალიტეტი, munits'ipaliteti).

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Georgia a unitary state, whose borders are defined by the law as corresponding to the situation of 21 December 1991. It includes two autonomous republics (Georgian :ავტონომიური რესპუბლიკა, avtonomiuri respublika), those of Adjara and Abkhazia, the latter being outside Georgia's effective control. The former, Soviet-era autonomous entity of South Ossetia, also not currently under Georgia's de facto jurisdiction, has no final defined constitutional status in Georgia's territorial arrangement. [1]

The territory of Georgia is currently subdivided into a total of 76 municipalities—12 self-governing cities (ქალაქი, k'alak'i), including the nation's capital of Tbilisi, and 64 communities (თემი, t'emi). The municipalities outside the two autonomous republics and Tbilisi are grouped, on a provisional basis, into nine regions (mkhare): Guria, Imereti, Kakheti, Kvemo Kartli, Mtskheta-Mtianeti, Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti, Samtskhe-Javakheti, and Shida Kartli. Tbilisi itself is divided into ten districts (რაიონი, raioni ). [1]

Autonomous republics

The two autonomous republics, Abkhazia and Adjara, were established during the Soviet era and are recognized by the modern Constitution of Georgia adopted in 1995. [1]

Adjara

Adjara is subdivided into 6 municipalities:

  1. The self-governing city of Batumi, which is the entity's capital;
  2. The self-governing community of Keda;
  3. The self-governing community of Kobuleti;
  4. The self-governing community of Khelvachauri;
  5. The self-governing community of Shuakhevi;
  6. The self-governing community of Khulo.

Abkhazia

As a result of the military conflicts in 1992–1993 and 2008, Georgia has no effective control over Abkhazia, whose declaration of independence is recognized by Russia and three other UN member states. Georgia considers Abkhazia as its autonomous republic, whose government sits in exile in Tbilisi, and currently an occupied territory. Abkhazia's territory, in the Kodori Valley, which had been under Georgia's control prior to the Russo–Georgian War of 2008, is de jure the self-governing community of Azhara. [1] Abkhazia's secessionist government divides the entity's territory into seven districts (raion).

South Ossetia

South Ossetia enjoyed the status of an autonomous oblast in the Soviet era. When Georgia became independent, South Ossetia covered four municipalities that are de jure in separate today's Georgian regions (established only after 1994): the eastern tip of Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti, the north-east part of Imereti, the northern half of Shida Kartli, and the western part of Mtskheta-Mtianeti.

After the military conflicts in 1991–1992 and 2008, Georgia considers the former Autonomous Oblast of South Ossetia an occupied territory. Its status is not constitutionally defined by Georgia, but there is a Provisional Administration of South Ossetia sitting in exile in Tbilisi. The territory which had been under Georgia's control prior to the Russo–Georgian War of 2008, was organized into four municipalities, which retain their de jure status. [1] South Ossetia's secessionist government divides the entity's territory into four districts (raion).

The laws of Georgia include a notion that the final subdivision and system of local self-government should be established after the restoration of the state's sovereignty in the occupied territories. [1] [2]

Regions

Map of the historical and geographical provinces of Georgia (provinces outside the borders of modern Georgia are indicated in italics). Historical provinces of Georgia.png
Map of the historical and geographical provinces of Georgia (provinces outside the borders of modern Georgia are indicated in italics).

Regions (mkhare) were established by presidential decrees from 1994 to 1996, on a provisional basis until the secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are resolved. They roughly correspond to the traditional principal historical and geographical areas of Georgia. A region is not a self-governing unit; its function is, rather, to coordinate communication of several municipalities (with the exception of the municipalities of Adjara and that of Tbilisi) with the central government of Georgia, which is represented in a region by an official appointed by Prime Minister, the State Commissioner (სახელმწიფო რწმუნებული), informally known as "governor" (გუბერნატორი). [1]

Population of Regions
RegionPopulationPopulation Density (/km2)Area of Region (km2)Additional Notes
Tbilisi 1,158,7003,194.38504.2
Imereti 487,000836,475Small part occupied by Russia
Ajaria 480,209166.722,880
Kvemo Kartli 423,986706,072
Samegrelo and
Zemo Svaneti
331,145457,440
Kakheti 319,1442811,311
Shida Kartli 264,63346.25,729Partially occupied by Russia
Abkhazia 240,705288,660 Occupied by Russia
Samtskhe-
Javakheti
160,262256,413
Guria 113,000562,033
Mtskheta-Mtianeti 94,370146,786Small part occupied by Russia
Racha-Lechkhumi
and Kvemo Svaneti
31,9276.44,990Small part occupied by Russia

Municipalities

Municipalities and regions of Georgia Georgian municipalities with higlightened regions - coloured (updated).svg
Municipalities and regions of Georgia

According to the Georgian law, a municipality is a settlement or a group of settlement with defined borders and self-government. [2] There are two types of municipalities—self-governing cities, five in total, and self-governing communities, 64 in total as of January 2019. The current municipalities were established between 2006 and 2017. Most of the municipalities recapitulate the boundaries and names of earlier subdivisions, known as raioni (district). [1] [3]

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 "ტერიტორიული მოწყობა და მმართველობა [Territorial Structure and Government]". Administration of the President of Georgia. Archived from the original on 10 July 2015. Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  2. 1 2 "ადგილობრივი თვითმმართველობის კოდექსი [Code of Local Self-Government]". Organic law No. 1958-IIს of 5 February 2014 (in Georgian). Retrieved 9 July 2015.
  3. "Registry of Municipalities". National Agency of Public Registry. Retrieved 9 July 2015.