Districts of Afghanistan

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Districts of Afghanistan
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Afghanistan political map-provinces named

This is a list of districts of Afghanistan, known as wuleswali (Pashto : ولسوالۍ, wuləswāləi; Persian : شهرستان, shahrestān). These are secondary level administrative units, one level below the 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 a few eliminated through mergers. In June 2005, the Afghan government issued a map of 398 districts. [3] It was widely adopted as by many information management systems, though usually with the addition of Sharak-e-Hayratan for a 399 district total. Here is a link to a clean rendering of the 399 district set as a spreadsheet from an official Afghan source. [4] It remains the de facto standard, as of late 2018, despite a string of government announcements of the creation of new districts.


The latest set includes 421 districts. "Almost unnoticed,the country’s Central Statistics Office (CSO) and the Independent Directorate of Local Governance (IDLG) have come up with a joint, consolidated list of how many districts Afghanistan has. It has handed this list over to the Independent Election Commission (IEC) that has used it in preparing the elections. The number is: 387. [Or 387 "districts" and 34 "provincial center districts" for 421 districts in total]. [5] Here is an external link to a spreadsheet of some of the more recent generations of district sets. [6]

The list below includes districts with links to other Wikipedia pages. It doesn't correspond with any particular district set. It lacks a number of districts currently recognized by the Afghan government, and lacks some others that are popularly but not officially recognized.

Northern Afghanistan

North East Afghanistan

Badakhshan Province

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Baghlan Province

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Districts of Baghlan.

Kunduz Province

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Districts of Kunduz.

Takhar Province

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Districts of Takhar.

North West Afghanistan

Balkh Province

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Districts of Balkh.

Faryab Province

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Districts of Faryab.

Jowzjan Province

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Districts of Jowzjan.

Samangan Province

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Districts of Samangan.

Sar-e Pol Province

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Districts of Sar-e Pol.

Central Afghanistan

Central Afghanistan

Bamyan Province

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Districts of Bamyan.

Kabul Province

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Districts of Kabul.

Kapisa Province

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Districts of Kapisa.

Logar Province

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Districts of Logar.

Panjshir Province

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District of Panjshir.
  • Anaba - part of the former Panjsher District
  • Bazarak - part of the former Panjsher District
  • Darah - part of the former Hisa Duwum Panjsher District
  • Khenj - part of the former Hisa Awal Panjsher District
  • Paryan - part of the former Hisa Awal Panjsher District
  • Rokha - created from parts of the former Hisa Duwum Panjsher and Panjsher Districts
  • Shotul - part of the former Panjsher District

Parwan Province

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Districts of Parwan.

Wardak Province

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Districts of Wardak.

Eastern Afghanistan

Kunar Province

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Districts of Kunar.

Laghman Province

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Districts of Laghman.

Nangarhar Province

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Districts of Nangarhar.

Nuristan Province

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Districts of Nuristan.

Western Afghanistan

Badghis Province

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Districts of Badghis.

Farah Province

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Districts of Farah.

Ghor Province

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Districts of Ghor.

Herat Province

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Districts of Herat.

Southern Afghanistan

South East Afghanistan

Ghazni Province

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Districts of Ghazni.

Khost Province

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Districts of Khost.

Paktia Province

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Districts of Paktia.

Paktika Province

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Districts of Paktika.

South West Afghanistan

Daykundi Province

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Districts of Daykundi.
  • Ishtarlay - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Kajran - shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Khadir - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Kiti - formerly part of Kajran District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Miramor - formerly part of Sharistan District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Nili - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Sangtakht - part of the former Daykundi District; shifted from Uruzgan Province
  • Shahristan - shifted from Uruzgan Province

Helmand Province

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Districts of Helmand.

Kandahar Province

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Districts of Kandahar.

Nimruz Province

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Districts of Nimruz.

Orūzgān Province

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Districts of Orūzgān.

Zabul Province

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Districts of Zabūl.

See also

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Takhar Province Province of Afghanistan

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Warsaj District District in Takhār Province, Afghanistan

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Valleys of Afghanistan

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  1. Minor Civil Divisions Map 1:1,000,000 scale Afghan Demographic Studies, Ministry of Planning, Ashraf et al., 1973
  2. 1 2 Afghanistan; Districts and Codes by Province, Edition 2.0, AID / Rep. DC&A Mapping Unit, October 1991, Peshawar, Pakistan
  3. Empirical Studies of Conflict program, Princeton University. "Administrative Boundaries : 398 Districts" . Retrieved February 24, 2019.
  4. "District names in English and Dari, latitude/longitude centerpoint for each of the 399 district-level entities recognized by the Afghanistan government. It is based on data provided by the Afghanistan Geodesic and Cartographic Head Office (AGCHO) in August 2010. It was formatted and posted by Princeton University's Empirical Studies of Conflict site". August 2010. Retrieved February 2, 2019.
  5. Ruttig, Thomas. "Good news and bad news about district numbers". Afghanistan Analysts Network. Retrieved February 23, 2019.
  6. Spreadsheet listing of the 399, 407, 419 and 421 district sets. "Afghanistan District Maps; Lookup Tool tab" . Retrieved February 24, 2019.CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)