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Provinces of Indonesia

The province (provinsi or propinsi) is the highest tier of local government subnational entity in Indonesia. Each province has its own local government (Pemerintah Daerah Provinsi), headed by the governor (gubernur); and has its own legislative body (Dewan Perwakilan Rakyat Daerah). The Governor and member of representatives are elected by popular vote for 5 years term.

North Sumatra
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This page is a short summary containing more general information about the province of North Sumatra. Extensive information on North Sumatra can be found in the directories 'Sumatra', 'Medan' and 'North Sumatra' on this website.

Location map of North Sumatra.

The province of North Sumatra stretches across the island of Sumatra between the Indian Ocean and the Strait Malacca. It borders Aceh province on the northwest and Riau and West Sumatra provinces on the southeast. It has an area of 70787 kmē. The province contains a broad, low plain along the Strait of Malacca coast; the provincial capital, Medan, is located here. In the south and west, the land rises to the mountain range that runs the length of Sumatra; the mountains here are dominated by Lake Toba, formed from the caldera of an ancient volcano. Several large islands in the Indian Ocean off the coast of Sumatra are part of North Sumatra, most notably Nias, Tanah Bala, Tanah Masa, and Pini. North Sumatra has a population of approximately 11.48 million (2000 census).


This is a list of districts (kabupaten) and cities in North Sumatra with their respective capitals.

Districts in the West Coast Region:
  • Nias Regency, Gunungsitoli
  • South Nias Regency (Nias Selatan), Teluk Dalam
  • Mandailing Natal Regency, Panyabungan
  • South Tapanuli Regency (Tapanuli Selatan), Padang Sidempuan
  • Central Tapanuli Regency (Tapanuli Tengah), Sibolga
  • Padang Sidempuan
  • Sibolga

Districts in the Mountain Region:
  • Karo Regency, Kabanjahe
  • Dairi Regency, Sidikalang
  • Pakpak Bharat Regency, Salak
  • North Tapanuli Regency (Tapanuli Utara), Tarutung
  • Humbang Hasundutan Regency, Dolok Sanggul
  • Samosir Regency, Pangururan
  • Toba Samosir Regency, Balige
  • Simalungun Regency, Pematang Siantar
  • Pematang Siantar

Districts in the East Coast Region:
  • Asahan Regency, Kisaran
  • Labuhan Batu Regency, Rantauprapat
  • Langkat Regency, Stabat
  • Deli Serdang Regency, Lubukpakam
  • Serdang Bedagai Regency, Sei Rampah
  • Tebing Tinggi
  • Tanjung Balai
  • Medan
  • Binjai

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Last revised on March 19, 2010
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