Departments of Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is a unitary republic, divided for administrative purposes into fifteen departments (Spanish: departamentos) and two autonomous regions (Spanish: regiones autónomas):


ISO Map Department or autonomous regionCapitalPopulation (2015)Area (km2) Pop. density (km−2)
NI-BO Boaco Department, Nicaragua.svg Boaco Boaco 178,5824,176.6841.8
NI-CA Carazo Department, Nicaragua.svg Carazo Jinotepe 190,7691,081.40172.8
NI-CI Chinandega Department, Nicaragua.svg Chinandega Chinandega 429,5574,822.4287.7
NI-CO Chontales Department, Nicaragua.svg Chontales Juigalpa 185,8666,481.2724
NI-ES Esteli Department, Nicaragua.svg Estelí Estelí 224,3312,229.6990
NI-GR Granada Department, Nicaragua.svg Granada Granada 206,0091,039.68162
NI-JI Jinotega Department, Nicaragua.svg Jinotega Jinotega 438,4139,222.4036
NI-LE Leon Department, Nicaragua.svg León León 410,8605,138.0369
NI-MD Madriz Department, Nicaragua.svg Madriz Somoto 164,1461,708.2378
NI-MN Managua Department, Nicaragua.svg Managua Managua 1,484,4623,465.10365
NI-MS Masaya Department, Nicaragua.svg Masaya Masaya 364,168610.78475
NI-MT Matagalpa Department, Nicaragua.svg Matagalpa Matagalpa 561,2826,803.8669
NI-NS Nueva Segovia Department, Nicaragua.svg Nueva Segovia Ocotal 253,4893,491.2860
NI-RI Rivas Department, Nicaragua.svg Rivas Rivas 177,6682,161.8272
NI-SJ Rio San Juan Department, Nicaragua.svg Río San Juan San Carlos 127,2257,543.3013
NI-AN RAAN, Nicaragua.svg North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region Bilwi 480,87433,105.9810
NI-AS RAAS, Nicaragua.svg South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region Bluefields 385,10227,260.0211

Autonomous regions

In 1987, the new constitution established the Charter of Autonomy (limited self-government) for the former department of Zelaya, comprising the entire eastern half of the country. The department was divided into two autonomous regions (communities): the North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region and the South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region. The Charter of Autonomy is largely based on the model used by Spain. The communities are governed by a Governor and a Regional Council. [1]

See also


  1. Clarisa Indiana Ibarra Rivera. "El modelo de justicia en las regiones autónomas de la costa Caribe nicaragüense: ¿utopia o realidad?" (PDF). Retrieved 29 November 2022.

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