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—  Commune and city  —
City Hall of Biskra, with the modern coat of arms visible
Biskra is located in Algeria
Location in Algeria
Coordinates: 34°51′N 5°44′E / 34.85°N 5.733°E / 34.85; 5.733
Country  Algeria
Province Biskra Province
District Biskra District
Population (2007)
 - Total 207,987
Time zone +1 (UTC+1)

Coordinates: 34°51′N 5°44′E / 34.85°N 5.733°E / 34.85; 5.733 Biskra (Arabic: بسكرة ‎; Berber: Biskra in Tifinagh.svg Tibeskert) is the capital city of Biskra province, Algeria. In 2007, its population was recorded as 207,987.

As of 1935, Biskra was an inland town, the principal settlement of a Saharan oasis watered by the intermittent Oued Biskra. It is in the southern part of the Algerian rail system, and a favorite winter resort. Large quantities of fruit, especially dates and olives, were grown in the vicinity. The town was a military post, and was the scene of severe fighting in the rebellions of 1849 and 1871.

With January temperatures averaging 11 °C, Biskra is a common vacation spot in winter. Located in northeastern Algeria on the northern edge of the Sahara Desert, the area surrounding it is very arid and most of the population lives in oasis.

Dancer in Biskra, published in March 1917 National Geographic.

The Hungarian composer Béla Bartók collected traditional music in Biskra in 1913.

Biskra is the setting of key sections of André Gide's 1902 novel The Immoralist.

Historical population
Year Population[1]
1901 7,500
1911 20,000
1926 22,000
1931 18,900
1936 21,300
1948 36,400
1954 52,500
1966 59,300
1977 77,000 (town)
90,500 (municipality)
1987 128,300
1998 177,600


  • This article incorporates text from The Modern World Encyclopædia: Illustrated (1935); out of UK copyright as of 2005.

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