Équateur

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Équateur Province
Province de l'Équateur
Province
Location of Équateur Province
Country  Democratic Republic of the Congo
Capital Mbandaka
Largest city Mbandaka
Government
 • Governor José Makila Sumanda
Area
 • Total 403,292 km2 (155,712 sq mi)
Population (2010 est.)
 • Total 7,501,902
 • Density 19/km2 (48/sq mi)
Demonym Equatorian
Official language French
National language Lingala
Website equateur.cd

Équateur is one of the ten provinces of the Democratic Republic of Congo. It is in the north of the country, and bordered the Republic of the Congo to the west, the Central African Republic to the north, to the east the Orientale province, and to the south the Kasai-Oriental, Kasai-Occidental, and Bandundu provinces.[1] The word "Équateur" is French for the Equator, which lies less than 4 kilometres (2.5 mi) south of the provincial capital of Mbandaka, a city on the Congo River.

History[edit]

1962 Équateur Province was split into Cuvette-Centrale Province, Moyen-Congo Province und Ubangi Province.

Divisions[edit]

The province is divided into the cities of Mbandaka, Gbadolite and Zongo and the districts of Équateur, Nord-Ubangi, Sud-Ubangi, Mongala and Tshuapa.

Name District Territory Pop. 2010[2] Coordinates[2]
Basankusu Équateur District Basankusu Territory 27,492 1°14′N 19°48′E / 1.23°N 19.80°E / 1.23; 19.80 (Basankusu)
Befale Tshuapa District Befale Territory 3,723 0°28′N 20°58′E / 0.47°N 20.97°E / 0.47; 20.97 (Befale)
Bikoro Équateur District Bikoro Territory 7,128 0°45′S 18°07′E / 0.75°S 18.12°E / -0.75; 18.12 (Bikoro)
Binga Mongala District Lisala Territory 64,639 2°24′N 20°25′E / 2.40°N 20.42°E / 2.40; 20.42 (Binga)
Boende Tshuapa District Boende Territory 33,765 0°13′S 20°52′E / 0.22°S 20.86°E / -0.22; 20.86 (Boende)
Bokungu Tshuapa District Bokungu Territory 7,829 0°41′S 22°19′E / 0.68°S 22.32°E / -0.68; 22.32 (Bokungu)
Bolomba Équateur District Bolomba Territory 4,252 0°29′N 19°12′E / 0.48°N 19.20°E / 0.48; 19.20 (Bolomba)
Bomongo Équateur District Bomongo Territory 4,784 1°22′N 18°21′E / 1.37°N 18.35°E / 1.37; 18.35 (Bomongo)
Bongandanga Mongala District Bongandanga Territory 3,648 1°31′N 21°03′E / 1.51°N 21.05°E / 1.51; 21.05
Bosobolo Nord-Ubangi District Bosobolo Territory 12,932 4°11′N 19°53′E / 4.19°N 19.88°E / 4.19; 19.88 (Bosobolo)
Budjala Sud-Ubangi District Budjala Territory 21,259 2°39′N 19°42′E / 2.65°N 19.70°E / 2.65; 19.70 (Budjala)
Bumba Mongala District Bumba Territory 103,328 2°11′N 22°28′E / 2.19°N 22.46°E / 2.19; 22.46 (Bumba)
Businga Nord-Ubangi District Businga Territory 32,590 3°20′N 20°52′E / 3.34°N 20.87°E / 3.34; 20.87 (Businga)
Gbadolite Nord-Ubangi District (city) 48,083 4°17′N 21°01′E / 4.29°N 21.02°E / 4.29; 21.02 (Gbadolite)
Gemena Sud-Ubangi District Gemena Territory 132,971 3°16′N 19°46′E / 3.26°N 19.77°E / 3.26; 19.77 (Gemena)
Ikela Tshuapa District Ikela Territory 15,214 1°11′S 23°16′E / 1.18°S 23.27°E / -1.18; 23.27 (Ikela)
Ingende Équateur District Ingende Territory 3,951 0°15′S 18°57′E / 0.25°S 18.95°E / -0.25; 18.95 (Ingende)
Kungu Sud-Ubangi District Kungu Territory 7,738 2°47′N 19°12′E / 2.78°N 19.20°E / 2.78; 19.20 (Kungu)
Libenge Sud-Ubangi District Libenge Territory 23,962 3°40′N 18°37′E / 3.66°N 18.62°E / 3.66; 18.62 (Libenge)
Lisala Mongala District Lisala Territory 79,235 2°08′N 21°31′E / 2.14°N 21.51°E / 2.14; 21.51 (Lisala)
Lukolela Équateur District Lukolela Territory 15,230 1°03′S 17°12′E / 1.05°S 17.20°E / -1.05; 17.20 (Lukolela)
Mbandaka Équateur District (city) 324,236 0°02′N 18°16′E / 0.04°N 18.26°E / 0.04; 18.26 (Mbandaka)
Mobayi-Mbongo Nord-Ubangi District Mobayi-Mbongo Territory 5,413 4°18′N 21°11′E / 4.30°N 21.18°E / 4.30; 21.18 (Mobayi-Mbongo)
Monkoto Tshuapa District Monkoto Territory 8,640 1°38′S 20°39′E / 1.63°S 20.65°E / -1.63; 20.65 (Monkoto)
Yakoma Nord-Ubangi District Yakoma Territory 11,720 4°06′N 22°26′E / 4.10°N 22.43°E / 4.10; 22.43 (Yakoma)
Zongo Sud-Ubangi District (city) 32,516 4°21′N 18°36′E / 4.35°N 18.60°E / 4.35; 18.60 (Zongo)

Education[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Blaes, X. (October 2008). "Découpage administratif de la République Démocratique du Congo". PNUD-SIG. Retrieved 2011-12-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Équateur: largest cities and towns and statistics of their population". World Gazetteer. Archived from the original on 2013-02-09. 

Bibliography[edit]

Konda ku Mbuta, A. et al. (2012) Plantes medicinales de traditions - Province de l'Equateur, R.D. Congo I.R.S.S. Kinshasa. ISBN 9780955420856, 419 pp.