The Regency Office of Bengkalis
|Motto: Negeri Junjungan|
Location of Bengkalis Regency in Riau province
|• Regent ad interim||H. Ahmad Syah Harrofie|
|• Total||6,976.41 km2 (2,693.61 sq mi)|
|• Density||82/km2 (210/sq mi)|
|Time zone||WIB (UTC+7)|
Bengkalis Regency is a regency of Indonesia in the Riau province. The regency, which includes the whole of Bengkalis and Rupat Islands in the Strait of Malacca, has been established since 1956. The regency was formerly divided into 13 districts (or kecamatan); however 5 of these districts were removed to create the new Meranti Islands Regency, leaving 8 districts in the Bengkalis Regency.
Bengkalis Regency comprises the whole of Bengkalis Island and Rupat Island which are located in the Straits of Malacca, together with a wide swathe of the eastern coastal area of Sumatra Island as well as other islands within the archipelago to its north-east. The area covers 6,976.41 Km2 and it borders on the Malacca Straits to the North, on Siak Regency to the south, on the Meranti Islands Regency to the Southeast, and on Dumai municipality, Rokan Hilir Regency and Rokan Hulu Regency to the West.
Following the splitting of the Regency to create a new Meranti Islands Regency, the residual area of Bengkalis Regency had a population of 498,336 at the 2010 Census; the latest official estimate (as of January 2014) was 572,143.
The eight districts (kecamatan) currently forming the Regency are listed below with their populations at the 2010 Census:
- Mandau (219,264)
- Pingir (77,654)
- Bukit Batu (30,129)
- Siak Kecil (18,709)
- Rupat (30,550)
- Rupat Utara (13,020)
- Bengkalis (72,121)
- Bantan (36,039)
Bengkalis Island comprises Bengkalis and Bantan districts, while Rupat Island comprises Rupat and Rupat Utara (North Rupat) districts. The remaining districts lie on Sumatra Island.
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