Syrian Arab Republic - Administrative Boundaries, Populated Places

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Syria Administrative boundaries for levels 0 - 4, with Arabic Names, English Names, and p-codes.

Geodatabase maintains Arabic names better than shapefile

Note that Admin 4 is the populated places layer.

Admin Level 1= Governorate = Mohafaza

Admin Level 2 = District = Mantika

Admin Level 3 = Sub-district= Nahya

Admin Level 4 = Populated places = City or Village or Farm or Camp

Data and Resources


Source United Nations Cartographic Section (UNCS) and United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UNOCHA)
Date of Dataset Jun 01, 2017
Expected Update Frequency Every six months


Caveats / Comments

Most Recent Changes:

19-Dec-2018 Use the Neighborhood as point loaded in the same layer/ Excel file called as a humanitarian Location added 11 Communities.

01-July-2018 added 1528 Communities and some localities moved to their accurate locations

31-Jan-2018- added 91 populated places and areas, some localities moved to their accurate locations, essential change in the admin boundary in Tartous Governorate at Admin 2 and Admin 3

1-June-2017- added 24 populated places and areas

22-Feb-2017- added three populated places and fixed some typos in admin4 and neighborhoods

04-Oct-2016 - Added two populated places

20-Sept-2016 - Built-up polygonal layer was created so that for each populated place there is a corresponding built-up poplygon; Added populated places based on feedback from humanitarian partners ; Neighborhood layer now includes 11 main cities with new p-codes ; column names follow global standard; reference names are unique both in English and Arabic

12-Jan-2014 - Shape file version posted. UTF-8 has been used to enable the correct display of Arabic characters.

19-May-2013 - New features added to Admin4 ; English Names edited to be consistent in all Admin levels; locations of few communities adjusted

07-Jan-2013 - Column with Capitals of Administrative Units (1 - 3) added to Populated Places (Admin 4). No changes.

19-Dec-2012 - Minor change: erroneous Admin 1 p-code for the populated place Arab Elmalik Jerkes (p-code = C3571) corrected (from SY010 to SY10).

12-Dec-2012 - Added neighborhoods , currently Damascus only. Added "C" as leading character of pcodes at level 4 (populated places) to ensure uniqueness. The digits remain the same from earlier versions.

24-Sep-2012 - Consolidated spelling between all 4 levels for all admin levels. Pcodes added.

24-Aug-2012 - Shapefile versions added. Exported from the geodatabase version of 30-June-2011.

30-Jun-2012 - Topology cleaned, underscores removed from admin names.

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