Guiglo Department

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Guiglo Department
Département de Guiglo
Location in Ivory Coast. Guiglo Department has had these boundaries since 2013.
Location in Ivory Coast. Guiglo Department has had these boundaries since 2013.
Country  Ivory Coast
District Montagnes
Region Cavally
1969 Established as a first-level subdivision
1988 Divided to create Duékoué Dept
1997 Converted to a second-level subdivision
1998 Divided to create Toulépleu Dept
2000 Transferred to the new Moyen-Cavally Region
2005 Divided to create Bloléquin Dept
2011 Converted to a third-level subdivision
2013 Divided to create Taï Dept
Departmental seat Guiglo
 • Prefect Koné Messamba
 • Total 3,256 km2 (1,257 sq mi)
Population (2014)[3]
 • Total 176,688
 • Density 54/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone GMT (UTC+0)

Guiglo Department is a department of Cavally Region in Montagnes District, Ivory Coast. In 2014, its population was 176,688 and its seat is the settlement of Guiglo. The sub-prefectures of the department are Bédy-Goazon, Guiglo, Kaadé, and Nizahon.


Guiglo Department was created in 1969 as one of the 24 new departments that were created to take the place of the six departments that were being abolished. It was created from territory that was formerly part of Ouest Department. Using current boundaries as a reference, from 1969 to 1988 the department occupied the same territory as Cavally Region plus Duékoué Department of Guémon Region. This territory was organised into Moyen-Cavally Region in 1997.

In 1988, Guiglo Department was split in two in order to create Duékoué Department.[4] In 1997, regions were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast; as a result, all departments were converted into second-level subdivisions. Guiglo Department was included in Dix-Huit Montagnes Region.

Guiglo Department was divided again in 1998 to create Toulépleu Department.[4] In 2000, it was included in the newly formed Moyen-Cavally Region.

A third division of Guiglo Department occurred in 2005 with the splitting-off of Bloléquin Department.[4]

In 2011, districts were introduced as new first-level subdivisions of Ivory Coast. At the same time, regions were reorganised and became second-level subdivisions and all departments were converted into third-level subdivisions. At this time, Guiglo Department became part of Cavally Region in Montagnes District.

Guiglo Department was divided for a fourth time in 2013 when two sub-prefectures were removed from it to create Taï Department.[5]

Maps of historical boundaries[edit]


  1. ^ "Préfets de Région et de Préfets de Département (Conseil des ministres du mercredi 26 septembre 2012)",, 2 October 2012.
  2. ^ "Présentation de la Région du Cavally",, accessed 23 February 2016.
  3. ^ "Côte d'Ivoire". Retrieved 5 December 2015. 
  4. ^ a b c "Regions of Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)",, accessed 16 February 2016.
  5. ^ "Le décret n° 2013-179 du 22 mars 2013 portant création du Département de Tai",, accessed 23 February 2016.

Coordinates: 6°33′N 7°29′W / 6.550°N 7.483°W / 6.550; -7.483