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Comarques of Catalonia

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This is a list of the comarques (counties, singular "comarca") of Catalonia.

The current division of Catalonia into comarques originates in an order of the the semi-autonomous Catalan government under the Spanish Republic in 1936. It was superseded after the 1939 victory of Francisco Franco's forces in the Spanish Civil War, but restored in 1987 by the re-established Generalitat de Catalunya, with minor revisions in 1988 (adding Pla de l'Estany, Pla d'Urgell and Alta Ribagorça) and 1990, when some borders were adjusted.

See also lists of municipalities for the Catalan provinces of Barcelona, Girona, Lleida, Tarragona.

Because the Catalan language has a relatively complex set of rules for the form of the definite article, and because (in Catalan) the names of comarques (except for Osona) typically take the definite article in any position except as the subject of a sentence, the following list indicates the appropriate form of the definite article for each comarca. Because Vall d'Aran is an Aranese-speaking area, it is often written as "era Vall d'Aran", using the Aranese definite article.

Comarca Capital Population Area (km2)
l'Alt Camp Valls 35,635 544.7
l'Alt Empordà Figueres 99,321 74
l'Alt Penedès Vilafranca del Penedès 80,976 592.4
l'Alt Urgell La Seu d'Urgell 19,105 1,446.9
l'Alta Ribagorça Pont de Suert 3,477 426,8
l'Anoia Igualada 93,529 866.6
el Bages Manresa 155,112 1,295.2
el Baix Camp Reus 145,675 695.3
el Baix Ebre Tortosa 66,369 987.9
el Baix Empordà La Bisbal d'Empordà 102,566 700.5
el Baix Llobregat Sant Feliu de Llobregat 692,892 486.5
el Baix Penedès El Vendrell 61,256 295.5
la Baixa Cerdanya Puigcerdà 14,158 546.4
el Barcelonès Barcelona 2,093,670 143.1
el Berguedà Berga 37,995 1,182.5
la Conca de Barberà Montblanc 18,766 648.9
el Garraf Vilanova i la Geltrú 108,194 184.1
les Garrigues Les Borges Blanques 18,999 799.7
la Garrotxa Olot 47,747 734.2
el Gironès Girona 136,543 575.5
el Maresme Mataró 356,545 396.9
el Montsià Amposta 57,550 708.7
Noguera Balaguer 34,744 1,733.0
Osona Vic 129,543 1,263.8
el Pallars Jussà Tremp 12,057 1,290.0
el Pallars Sobirà Sort 6,174 1,355.2
el Pla de l'Estany Banyoles 24.347 262.7
el Pla d'Urgell Mollerussa 29,723 304.5
el Priorat Falset 9,196 496.2
la Ribera d'Ebre Mora d'Ebre 21,656 825.3
el Ripollès Ripoll 25,744 958.7
la Segarra Cervera 18,497 721.2
el Segrià Lleida 166,090 1,393.7
la Selva Santa Coloma de Farners 117,393 995.5
el Solsonès Solsona 11,466 998.6
el Tarragonès Tarragona 181,374 317.1
la Terra Alta Gandesa 12,196 740.0
Urgell Tàrrega 31,026 586.2
el Val d'Aran Vielha 7,691 620.5
el Vallès Occidental Sabadell, Terrassa 736,682 580.7
el Vallès Oriental Granollers 321,431 851.9

Other historical comarques:

Comarca Capital Current status
el Rosselló (Roussillon) Perpinyà (Perpignan) Part of France
l'Alta Cerdanya Fontromeu Part of France
el Capcir Angles (Les Angles) Part of France
el Vallespir Ceret Part of France
el Conflent Prada de Conflent (Prades) Part of France
la Baixa Ribagorça Benavarri (Benabarre) Part of Aragon
la Llitera Tamarit de Llitera (Tamarite de Litera) Part of Aragon
el Baix Cinca Fraga Part of Aragon
la Matarranya Vall-de-roures (Valderrobres) Part of Aragon

See also