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Baghdad Governorate

Baghdad Governorate
محافظة بغداد
Baghdad Province
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Baghdad Governorate
Baghdad Governorate
Coordinates: 33°20′N 44°26′E / 33.333°N 44.433°E / 33.333; 44.433
Country Iraq
Capital Baghdad
 • Governor Atwan Al Atwani
 • Mayor of Baghdad Zekra Alwach
 • Governorate 204.2 km2 (78.8 sq mi)
 • Urban 500 km2 (200 sq mi)
 • Metro 4,555 km2 (1,759 sq mi)
Population (2017 Estimate)
 • Governorate 9,500,000-9,765,000
 • Urban 11,000,000-11,500,000
 • Metro 13,000,000-~13,500,000
Time zone AST (UTC+3)

Baghdad Governorate (Arabic: محافظة بغدادMuḥāfaẓät Baġdād), also known as the Baghdad Province, is the capital governorate of Iraq. It includes the capital Baghdad as well as the surrounding metropolitan area. The governorate is the smallest of the 18 provinces of Iraq but the most populous.


Baghdad Governorate is one of the most developed parts of Iraq, with better infrastructure than much of Iraq, though heavily damaged from the US-led invasion in 2003 and continuing violence today. It also has one of the highest rates for terrorism in the world with suicide bombers and death squads operating in the city.

Baghdad has at least 12 bridges spanning the Tigris river - joining the east and west of the city. The governorate's northeast includes multiple Mesopotamian Marshes.

The Sadr City district is the most densely populated area in Iraq.

With 47,821 people per square kilometer, Baghdad Governorate is the densest country subdivision in the world.

Province Administration

Baghdad is governed by the Baghdad Provincial Council. Representatives to the Baghdad Provincial Council were elected by their peers from the lower councils of the administrative districts in Baghdad in numbers proportional to the population of the various districts that were represented.


  • Governor: Atwan Al Atwani[1]
  • Provincial Council Chairman (PCC): Riyadh Al Adhadh



Sister cities

The Baghdad Governorate has a sister relationship with the Denver-Aurora Metropolitan Area, in the United States of America.


  1. ^ "Gunmen open fire at Baghdad's new governor's house". Retrieved 2018-01-01. 

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