A mkhare (Georgian: მხარე, mxare) is a type of administrative division in the country of Georgia. It is usually translated as "region".

According to presidential decrees in 1994 and 1996,[citation needed] Georgia's division into regions is on a provisional basis until the secessionist conflicts in Abkhazia and South Ossetia are resolved. The regional administration is headed by a State Commissioner (სახელმწიფო რწმუნებული, Saxelmćipo Rćmunebuli, usually translated as "Governor"), an official appointed by the President.

The regions are further subdivided into raionis (districts). There are 9 regions in Georgia (see also map opposite):

Region Capital Population
Guria Ozurgeti 113,000
Imereti Kutaisi 536,052
Kakheti Telavi 319,144
Kvemo Kartli Rustavi 423,986
Mtskheta-Mtianeti Mtskheta 94,370
Racha-Lechkhumi and Kvemo Svaneti   Ambrolauri 31,927
Samegrelo-Zemo Svaneti Zugdidi 331,145
Samtskhe-Javakheti Akhaltsikhe 160,262
Shida Kartli Gori 264,633

See also