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Departments of Nicaragua

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Nicaragua is a unitary republic, divided for administrative purposes into fifteen departments (departamentos) and two autonomous regions:

Departments of Nicaragua
Flag Department Capital Population (2005) Area (km²) Pop. Density
1 Boaco Department Boaco 150,636 4177 36
2 Carazo Department Jinotepe 166,073 1081 154
3 Chinandega Department Chinandega 378,970 4822 79
4 Chontales Department Juigalpa 153,932 6481 24
5 Estelí Department Estelí 201,548 2230 90
6 Granada Department Granada 168,186 1040 162
7 Jinotega Department Jinotega 331,335 9222 36
8 León Department León 355,779 5138 69
9 Madriz Department Somoto 132,459 1708 78
10 Managua Department Managua 1,262,978 3465 365
11 Masaya Department Masaya 289,988 611 475
12 Matagalpa Department Matagalpa 469,172 6804 69
13 Nueva Segovia Department Ocotal 208,523 3491 60
14 Rivas Department Rivas 156,283 2162 72
15 Río San Juan Department San Carlos 95,596 7541 13
16 North Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region Bilwi 314,130 33,106 10
17 South Caribbean Coast Autonomous Region Bluefields 306,510 27,260 11


  • Autonomous Regions 1
  • See also 2
  • References 3
  • External links 4

Autonomous Regions

In 1987, the new constitution established the Charter of Autonomy (limited self-government) for the former department of Zelaya, comprising the entire eastern half of the country. The department was divided into two autonomous regions (communities). The Charter of Autonomy is largely based on the model used by Spain. The communities are governed by a Governor and a Regional Council.

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