Map of Algeria highlighting M'Sila
|• Total||18,718 km2 (7,227 sq mi)|
|• Density||53/km2 (140/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+01)|
|Area Code||+213 (0) 35|
|ISO 3166 code||DZ-28|
M'Sila (also spelled Msila, M'sila or MSila) (Arabic: ولاية المسيلة) is a province (wilaya) of northern Algeria. It has a population of 1 million people and an area of 18,718 km², while its capital, also called M'sila, home to M'Sila University, has a population of about 100,000. Some localities in this wilaya are Bou Saada and Maadid. Chott El Hodna, a salt lake, crosses into M'Sila. However, most of the region is semi-arid and undeveloped.
M'Sila is primarily known for its farming.
Additionally, M'Sila was the location of the first village constructed as part of a government-run program to transition nomadic Algerians to sedentary life using local materials. The village, now complete, was dubbed Maader and consists of houses, public and trading areas, and a mosque.
- 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.
- Encyclopaedia of the Orient - a brief description of M'Sila, focusing on its capital
- BBC - a news article about some recent violence in M'Sila
- Archnet - focuses on the Maader village project
- Wetlands International - an in-depth description of M'Sila's wetland