Turkmenistan is divided into five regions or welayatlar (singular welayat) and one capital city district (şäher).
Turkmenistan is divided into 5 provinces – Ahal, Balkan, Dashoguz, Lebap and Mary. Each province is divided into districts. There are 50 districts, 24 towns, including 15 towns district-wide, 76 villages and 553 rural councils (rural municipal units) and 1903 rural settlements in Turkmenistan.
The capital city of Turkmenistan is Ashgabat, which is an administrative and territorial unit with province-wide powers (velayat). Ashgabat consists of 6 districts (etraps): Bagtyyarlyk district, Berkararlyk district, Kopetdag district, Archabil district, Abadan district and Rukhabat district.
|Division||ISO 3166-2||Capital city||Area||Pop (2001)||Key|
|Ashgabat||TM-S||Ashgabat||260 km2 (100 sq mi)||730,000|
|Ahal Region||TM-A||Anau||97,260 km2 (37,550 sq mi)||785,800||1|
|Balkan Region||TM-B||Balkanabat||139,300 km2 (53,800 sq mi)||479,500||2|
|Daşoguz Region||TM-D||Daşoguz||73,400 km2 (28,300 sq mi)||1,196,700||3|
|Lebap Region||TM-L||Türkmenabat||93,700 km2 (36,200 sq mi)||1,160,300||4|
|Mary Region||TM-M||Mary||87,200 km2 (33,700 sq mi)||1,287,700||5|
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