Regions of the Czech Republic

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Regions of the Czech Republic
  • Also known as:
  • Kraje České republiky (Czech)
Category Unitary state
Location Czech Republic
Number13 regions + Prague
Populations283,210 (Karlovy Vary Region) – 1,386,824 (Central Bohemian Region)
Areas3,163 km2 (1,221 sq mi) (Liberec Region) – 10,929 km2 (4,220 sq mi) (Central Bohemian Region)

Regions of the Czech Republic (Czech : kraj, plural: kraje) are higher-level territorial self-governing units of the Czech Republic. Every region is governed by a regional council, headed by a governor (hejtman). Elections to regional councils take place every four years.


According to the Act no. 129/2000 Coll. ("Law on Regions"), which implements Chapter VII of the Czech Constitution, the Czech Republic is divided into thirteen regions and one capital city with regional status as of 1 January 2000. [1]


The first kraje were created in the Kingdom of Bohemia during the reign of Charles IV in the 14th century and they lasted till 1862/68. Kraje were reintroduced in 1949 in Czechoslovakia and still exist today (except for the early 1990s) in its successor states despite many rearrangements.


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Historical lands and current administrative regions

Rights and obligations of the regions include: [1]

List of regions

Licence plate RegionCapitalPopulation
(2022) [2]
Population density
(million CZK, 2022) [3]
GDP per capita
AFlag of Prague.svg  Prague n/a1,275,4064962,5711,572,0001,190,611
SFlag of Central Bohemian Region.svg  Central Bohemian Prague1,386,82410,929127662,000484,475
CFlag of South Bohemian Region.svg  South Bohemian České Budějovice 637,04710,05863289,000438,114
PFlag of Plzen Region.svg  Plzeň Plzeň 578,7077,64976285,000474,310
KFlag of Karlovy Vary Region.svg  Karlovy Vary Karlovy Vary 283,2103,3108697,000341,512
UFlag of Usti nad Labem Region.svg  Ústí nad Labem Ústí nad Labem 798,8985,339150313,000386,363
LFlag of Liberec Region.svg  Liberec Liberec 437,5703,163138189,000411,399
HFlag of Hradec Kralove Region.svg  Hradec Králové Hradec Králové 542,5834,759114275,000479,318
EFlag of Pardubice Region.svg  Pardubice Pardubice 514,5184,519114213,000422,684
JFlag of Vysocina Region.svg  Vysočina Jihlava 504,0256,79674228,000434,018
BFlag of South Moravian Region.svg  South Moravian Brno 1,184,5687,188165598,000505,896
MFlag of Olomouc Region.svg  Olomouc Olomouc 622,9305,272118268,000418,525
ZFlag of Zlin Region.svg  Zlín Zlín 572,4323,963144276,000457,361
TFlag of Moravian-Silesian Region.svg  Moravian-Silesian Ostrava 1,177,9895,427217510,000430,005
CZFlag of the Czech Republic.svg Czech Republic Prague 10,516,70778,8711365,775,000538,816

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  1. 1 2 "Zákon č. 129/2000 Sb. o krajích (krajské zřízení)". (in Czech). Retrieved 2 June 2021.
  2. "Population of Municipalities – 1 January 2022". Czech Statistical Office. 29 April 2022.
  3. Regionální účty