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 is divided into 13 districts (or kecamatan) which are in turn subdivided into 24 villages (or kelurahan).
Bengkalis Regency produces natural resources, particularly petroleum, rubber, and coconut. The regency is home to the Bukit Batu Biosphere Reserve.
Geography [ edit ]
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 northeast. The area covers 11,932.26 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.
Bengkalis Strait separates Bengkalis Island from Sumatra as well as from Padang Island and Tebing Tinggi Island.
Population [ edit ]
Following the splitting of the Regency to create a new
Meranti Islands Regency, the residual area of Bengkalis Regency had a population of 498,384 at the 2010 Census.