Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
|Provinces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
Provinces de la République démocratique du Congo (French)
|Location||Democratic Republic of the Congo|
|Number||10 Provinces(1 is a city-province)|
|Populations||2,536,550 (Maniema) – 4,364,541 (Orientale)|
|Areas||3,848 square miles (9,970 km2) (Kinsasha) – 194,302 square miles (503,240 km2) (Orientale)|
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In July 1960, there were six provinces in the Belgian Congo: Leopoldville Province, Equateur Province, Province Orientale, Kivu Province, Katanga Province, and Kasai Province. Kivu Province existed from 1933 to 1962 (under the name Province de Costermansville until 1947, from the name of its capital) and from 1966 to 1988.
There are currently ten provinces and one city-province in the Democratic Republic of the Congo:
|Map#||Province||Capital||Pop. 2008 ||Time
* Kinshasa 2012 estimate 
Article 2 of the 2005 Congolese Constitution, which came into effect on 18 February 2006, specifies twenty-five new provinces while retaining the capital city/province of Kinshasa. Though this new territorial organization was scheduled to take effect within thirty-six months of the new constitution's promulgation, it did not. President Joseph Kabila has set a deadline of June 30, 2015 to complete this process, known as découpage.
The twenty-five provinces denoted by the 2005 constitution are as follows: Bas-Uele, Equateur, Haut-Lomami, Haut-Katanga, Haut-Uele, Ituri, Kasai, Kasai Oriental, Kongo central, Kwango, Kwilu, Lomami, Lualaba, Lulua, MaiNdombe, Maniema, Mongala, Nord-Kivu, Nord-Ubangi, Sankuru, Sud Kivu, Sud Ubangi, Tanganyika, Tshopo, Tshuapa. 
- List of provincial governors of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Districts of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- Territories of the Democratic Republic of the Congo
- ISO 3166-2:CD
- "DEMOCRATIC REPUBLIC OF THE CONGO (THE): Population Statistics, 2008". UN OCHA. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- Constitution de la République démocratique du Congo - Wikisource
- "The Democratic Republic of Congo might break up its provinces. Then what?". Washington Post. Retrieved June 5, 2013.
- "The Constitution of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, 2005" (PDF). Government of the Democratic Republic of Congo. Retrieved April 27, 2013.