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Regions of Venezuela

The Regions of Venezuela (Spanish: Regiones de Venezuela) are two groupings of Venezuela's states, capital district, and federal dependencies. Venezuela's Natural regions (Regiones naturales) are divided by natural geography, and Administrative regions (Regiones político-administrativas) are delineated for the purpose of regional administration.

Natural regions

Natural Regions of Venezuela

Natural regions (Regiones naturales) are grouped based on a natural region, regardless of population or development, and formed from geo-physical criteria such as geological constitution, relief, climate, hydrography, vegetation, soils, and others.[1] Venezuela is considered one of 18 Megadiverse countries by Conservation International, and the Natural regions do not always correspond exactly to the borders of the states.

Venezuela is divided into eight Natural regions:[2]

Administrative regions

Administrative regions (Regiones político-administrativas) are grouped from Venezuela's neighboring states, federal dependencies, and the capital district for the purpose of local administration in the process of regional development. The Political-Administrative regions were created from a decree on 11 June 1969 and have been modified since their creation, and there are currently nine regions.

Administrative Region Population¹ Area² States
Andean Region 3,911,278 56,700 km² Barinas, Mérida, Táchira, Trujillo and the Páez Municipality of Apure
Capital Region 4,687,002 9,879 km² Miranda, Vargas, Capital District (Caracas)
Central Region 3,851,290 26,464 km² Aragua, Carabobo, Cojedes
Central-Western Region 3,703,675 66,900 km² Falcón, Lara, Portuguesa, Yaracuy
Eastern Region 3,165,217 84,030 km² Anzoátegui, Monagas, Sucre
Guayana Region 1,776,545 458,344 km² Bolívar, Amazonas, Delta Amacuro
Insular Region 439,900 1,492 km² Nueva Esparta, Federal Dependencies
Llanos Region 1,181,650 141,486 km² Apure (excluding the Páez Municipality), Guárico
Zulian Region 3,520,376 63,100 km² Zulia

Notes:

  1. Population figures are 2005 estimates
  2. The area of the Páez municipality has, for the time being, been incorrectly counted here as belonging to the Llanos Region, rather than the Andean Region.

References

  1. ^ Imagen de Venezuela: una visión espacial (in Spanish). Caracas, Venezuela: Petróleos de Venezuela S.A. 1992. ISBN 980-259-475-X.
  2. ^ Vargas Ponce, José; García, Pablo Emilio. Geografía: 9º Educación Básica (in Spanish). Ed. Romor. p. 45. ISBN 980-6010-67-1.