Mascara Province

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Mascara Province
ولاية معسكر
Map of Algeria highlighting Mascara
Map of Algeria highlighting Mascara
Coordinates: 35°24′N 0°8′E / 35.400°N 0.133°E / 35.400; 0.133Coordinates: 35°24′N 0°8′E / 35.400°N 0.133°E / 35.400; 0.133
Country  Algeria
Capital Mascara, Algeria
 • Total 5,941 km2 (2,294 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 780,959
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Area Code +213 (0) 45
ISO 3166 code DZ-29
Districts 16
Municipalities 47

Mascara (Arabic: ولاية معسكر‎‎) is a province (wilaya) in Algeria. It was named after its capital, whose name means "military garrison" in Arabic, and which is unrelated to "Mascara", the cosmetic. Another important locality is the town of Sig.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The province is divided into 16 districts (daïras), which are further divided into 47 communes or municipalities.



1994 earthquake[edit]

There was an earthquake in the capital of Mascara City on 18 August 1994. The 5.9 Mw oblique-slip shock left 159 dead, 289 inujured, and 8,000–10,000 homeless.[2]


  1. ^ Office National des Statistiques, Recensement General de la Population et de l’Habitat 2008 Preliminary results of the 2008 population census. Accessed on 2008-07-02.
  2. ^ USGS. "M5.9 - northern Algeria". United States Geological Survey.