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Coordinates: 36°27′50″N 007°26′50″E / 36.46389°N 7.44722°E / 36.46389; 7.44722

Guelma Province
ولاية قالمة
Algeria 24 Wilaya locator map-2009.svg
Map of Algeria highlighting the Province of Guelma
Province Code 24
Area Code +213 (0) 37
Capital Guelma
Districts 10
Municipalities 34
Basic statistics
Area 4,101 km² (1,583.4 sq mi)
Population 482,261[1] (2008)
Density 117.6/km² (304.6/sq mi)

Guelma Province (Arabic: ولاية قالمة‎) is a province (wilaya) in eastern Algeria. Its namesake is its seat and most populous municipality: Guelma.



Its civilians suffered heavy casualties during the 1945 Sétif massacre by the French Army. The province itself was established on 1974. Before that, it was part of Annaba Province. In 1983, the province lost its south-eastern half in favor of the creation of Souk Ahras Province.


It has 429.998 inhabitants as of the 1998 census, one of the lower populations in the country, which gives it 39 seats in the APW, the province's assembly. The population density is 105/km², or 272/sq mi. Of them, 54,4 % live in urban areas and 87 % have access to safe drinking water, lower than the national average of 89%. [1]. Of the active population of the province, 23,3 % work in agriculture, 17,9 % in constructions, 9,9 % in industry, and 48,9 % in the services sector. 21,1 % of the population is unemployed.[2]


Guelma Valley as seen from Ben Djerrah, partially showing the metropolitan area of Guelma with the cities of Boumahra Ahmed, Belkheir, and Guelma visible (from right to left/east to west).

The territory of the province (4.101 km², or 1,583 sq mi) is mainly composed of arable lands (about 49 %) or 1.89 km² of which about 100 km² is irrigated, and the rest is rainfed. In the area surrounding Guelma, around 130 km² is irrigable, 110 km² in the area between Oued Zenati and Tamlouka, and 20 km² around Bouchegouf. Forests cover about 31 % of the total area, which equals 0.9 km² composed mainly of Aleppo Pine, Algerian Oak and Cork Oak. Areas dedicated for future industrial developpement, called activity zones in Algeria cover 2 km². [3]

Administrative divisions

The province is divided into 10 districts (daïras), which are further divided into 34 communes or municipalities.[2]



  1. Aïn Makhlouf
  2. Bouchegouf
  3. Guelaât Bou Sbaâ
  4. Guelma
  5. Hammam Debagh
  6. Hammam N'Bails
  7. Héliopolis
  8. Houari Boumédienne
  9. Khezaras
  10. Oued Zenati


  1. Aïn Ben Beida
  2. Aïn Hessania
  3. Aïn Larbi
  4. Aïn Makhlouf
  5. Aïn Reggada
  6. Aïn Sandel
  7. Belkheir
  8. Ben Djarah
  9. Beni Mezline
  10. Bordj Sabat
  11. Bou Hachana
  12. Bou Hamdane
  13. Bouati Mahmoud
  14. Boughouf
  15. Boumahra Ahmed
  16. Dahouara
  17. Djeballah Khemissi
  18. El Fedjoudj
  19. Guellat Bou Dbaa
  20. Guelma
  21. Hammam Maskhoutine
  22. Hammam Nbail
  23. Héliopolis
  24. Kheraza
  25. Medjez Amar
  26. Medjez Sfa
  27. Nadorah
  28. Nechmaya
  29. Oued Cheham
  30. Oued Fragha
  31. Oued Zenati
  32. Ras El Agba
  33. Roknia
  34. Salaoua Announa
  35. Tamlouka
  36. Taya



  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. ^ Journal Officiel de la Republique Algerienne, No. 41, Page 1307. 4 September 1991.

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