M'Sila Province

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M'Sila Province
ولاية المسيلة
Map of Algeria highlighting M'Sila
Map of Algeria highlighting M'Sila
Coordinates: 35°42′N 4°33′E / 35.700°N 4.550°E / 35.700; 4.550Coordinates: 35°42′N 4°33′E / 35.700°N 4.550°E / 35.700; 4.550
Country  Algeria
Capital M'Sila
 • Total 18,718 km2 (7,227 sq mi)
Population (2008)[1]
 • Total 991,846
 • Density 53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01)
Area Code +213 (0) 35
ISO 3166 code DZ-28
Districts 15
Municipalities 47

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.

Administrative divisions[edit]

The province is divided into 15 districts (daïras), which are further divided into 47 communes or municipalities.



The districts and communes of the province of M'Sila

See also[edit]


  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.

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