Sohag Governorate

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Sohag Governorate
Flag of Sohag Governorate
Sohag Governorate on the map of Egypt
Sohag Governorate on the map of Egypt
Coordinates: 26°34′N 31°42′E / 26.56°N 31.7°E / 26.56; 31.7Coordinates: 26°34′N 31°42′E / 26.56°N 31.7°E / 26.56; 31.7
Country  Egypt
Seat Sohag (capital)
 • Governor Ayman Mohamed Abdel Monaem[1]
 • Total 1,547 km2 (597 sq mi)
Population (2014)
 • Total 4,469,151
 • Density 2,900/km2 (7,500/sq mi)
Time zone EET (UTC+2)
Website Sohag

Sohag Governorate (Egyptian Arabic: محافظة سوهاجMuḥāfẓet Sohag) is one of the governorates of Egypt. It is located in the southern part of the country (Upper Egypt), and covers a stretch of the Nile Valley. Since 1960, its capital has been the city of Sohag. Prior to that, the capital was the city of Girga and the name of the governorate was Girga Governorate.[2]


According to population estimates from 2015 the majority of residents in the governorate live in rural areas, with an urbanization rate of only 21.4%. Out of an estimated 4,603,861 people residing in the governorate, 3,618,543 people live in rural areas as opposed to only 985,318 in urban areas.[3]


Industrial zones[edit]

According to the Egyptian Governing Authority for Investment and Free Zones (GAFI), in affiliation with the Ministry of Investment (MOI), the following industrial zones are located in this governorate:[4]

  • Al Kawthar District
  • Al Ahaiwa
  • Beit Dawood, west of Gerga
  • West Of Tahta
  • (New urban community industrial zone) New Sohag

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Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "Sohag Governorate". Egypt's Government Governorate's Directory. Retrieved 17 October 2016. 
  2. ^ Law, Gwillim (1999). Administrative Subdivisions of Countries: A Comprehensive World Reference, 1900 through 1998 (snippet view). Jefferson, NC: McFarland. p. 114. ISBN 978-0-7864-0729-3. Retrieved 2010-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Population Estimates By Sex & Governorate 1/1/2015" (PDF). CAPMAS. Retrieved 23 October 2016. 
  4. ^ "Investment Regimes, Industrial Zones of Governorate". Ministry of Investment Egypt. Archived from the original on 30 October 2016. Retrieved 30 October 2016. 

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