Departments of Burkina Faso

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The 351 departments (or communes) of Burkina Faso.
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The provinces of Burkina Faso are divided into 351 departments (as of 2014 and since local elections of 2012), whose urbanized areas (cities, towns and villages) are grouped into the same commune (municipality) with the same name as the department (the department also covers rural areas, including national natural parks, that are not ruled locally at municipal level, but by the state at departmental level). The 351 communes created in those departments have three kinds of status :

  • 49 urban communes (including 2 urban communes with special status, the Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso departments that are further subdivided into "arrondissements"), are grouping their main city/town (subdivided into urban sectors) and all other administrative villages in their department ; in these 49 urban communes, the main city or town is subdivided into urban sectors (within the two communes with special status, each urban sector of the capital city belong to only one arrondissement, which may also include other surrounding villages outside the capital city) — these 49 urban communes include the capital town (or city) of each one of the 45 provinces, and the commune of 4 additional departments, whose capitals are now large towns covering their respective urban areas (subdivided into urban sectors rather than former separate villages) : Bittou, Garango, Niangoloko and Pouytenga.
  • 302 rural communes are grouping all administrative villages in their department.[1][2]

Departments (or communes) generally have the same name as their capital city or town, with a few exceptions (for historical reasons). For the local elections in 2012, communes were created in each department that still did not have one (village councils were kept but operate at advisory level under the supervision of their commune: each administrative village or urban sector elects at least 2 seats in the municipal council of their commune; for other elections at regional or national level, the smallest electoral circonscription is the whole department). The departments (or communes) are listed below, by province:

List of departments by region and by province[edit]

Boucle du Mouhoun Region[edit]

Balé[edit]

Departments of Balé

Banwa[edit]

Departments of Banwa

Kossi[edit]

Departments of Kossi

Mouhoun[edit]

Departments of Mouhoun

Nayala[edit]

Departments of Nayala

Sourou[edit]

Departments of Sourou

Cascades Region[edit]

Comoé[edit]

Departments of Comoé

Léraba[edit]

Departments of Léraba

Centre Region[edit]

Kadiogo[edit]

Departments of Kadiogo

Centre-Est Region[edit]

Boulgou[edit]

Departments of Boulgou

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Departments of Koulpélogo

Kouritenga[edit]

Departments of Kouritenga

Centre-Nord Region[edit]

Bam[edit]

Departments of Bam

Namentenga[edit]

Departments of Namentenga

Sanmatenga[edit]

Departments of Sanmatenga

Centre-Ouest Region[edit]

Boulkiemdé[edit]

Departments of Boulkiemdé

Sanguié[edit]

Departments of Sanguié

Sissili[edit]

Departments of Sissili

Ziro[edit]

Departments of Ziro

Centre-Sud Region[edit]

Bazèga[edit]

Departments of Bazèga

Nahouri[edit]

Departments of Nahouri

Zoundwéogo[edit]

Departments of Zoundwéogo

Est Region[edit]

Gnagna[edit]

Departments of Gnagna

Gourma[edit]

Departments of Gourma

Komondjari[edit]

Departments of Komondjari

Kompienga[edit]

Departments of Kompienga

Tapoa[edit]

Departments of Tapoa

Hauts-Bassins Region[edit]

Houet[edit]

Departments of Houet

Kénédougou[edit]

Departments of Kénédougou

Tuy[edit]

Departments of Tuy

Nord Region[edit]

Loroum[edit]

Departments of Loroum

Passoré[edit]

Departments of Passoré

Yatenga[edit]

Departments of Yatenga

Zondoma[edit]

Departments of Zondoma

Plateau-Central Region[edit]

Ganzourgou[edit]

Departments of Ganzourgou

Kourwéogo[edit]

Departments of Kourwéogo

Oubritenga[edit]

Departments of Oubritenga

Sahel Region[edit]

Oudalan[edit]

Departments of Oudalan

Séno[edit]

Departments of Séno

Soum[edit]

Departments of Soum

Yagha[edit]

Departments of Yagha

Sud-Ouest Region[edit]

Bougouriba[edit]

Departments of Bougouriba

Ioba[edit]

Departments of Ioba

Noumbiel[edit]

Departments of Noumbiel

Poni[edit]

Departments of Poni

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French) Résultats préliminaires du RGPH 2006, INSD.BF (non-consolidated figures of legal population by village or urban sector)
  2. ^ (French) Mémorandum sur la détermination du nombre de sièges des conseillers municipaux par village et par secteur dans le cadre des élections locales du 2 décembre 2012, CENI.BF (consolidated figures of legal population by village or urban sector, based on RGPH 2006, modified in 2012 including for newly created administrative villages).

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