Administrative divisions of Iran

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Overview map of the administrative structure of Iran
Administrative districts

The administrative structure of Iran takes place in four sub-levels.


The four levels are:

  • The Iran is present in 31 provinces , the Ostan s ( Persian استان ostān , plural ostānhā /استان‌ها) are called divided. Each provincial administration has a governor, the Ostandar (استاندار ostāndār ) is called before. This is appointed by the Interior Minister with the approval of the Cabinet. See: List of Provinces of Iran .
  • The provinces are further subdivided into administrative districts, the Shahrestan (شهرستان/ schahrestān , pluralشهرستان‌ها/ schahrestānhā ).
  • The administrative districts are in turn divided into districts, the Bachschs ( bachsch /بخش, Plural بخش‌ها/ bachschhā ) are divided.
  • The circles are in cities ( Schahr /شهر) and (rural) communities that dehestan /دهستان/ dehestān , divided.

In 2006 there were 30 Ostans , 336 Schahrestans , 889 Bachschs , 1016 Schahrs and 2400 Dehestans in Iran . On June 23, 2010, Alborz Province was established by separating part of Tehran Province .

See also

Web links

Commons : Subdivisions of Iran  - Collection of Images, Videos and Audio Files


  1. ^ Babak Rezvani: Conflict and Peace in Central Eurasia. Towards Explanations and Understandings (=  International Comparative Social Studies ). Brill, Leiden / Boston 2014, ISBN 978-90-04-27636-9 , pp. 96–97 (English, limited preview in Google Book Search).
  2. C. Edmund Bosworth: Dehestān . In: Ehsan Yarshater (ed.): Encyclopædia Iranica . Volume 7 (2), pp. 215–216, as of November 18, 2011, accessed on June 9, 2014 (English, including references)