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Oran Province
ولاية وهران
Algeria 31 Wilaya locator map-2009.svg
Map of Algeria highlighting the Province of Oran
Province Code 31
Area Code +213 (0) 41
Administration
Capital Oran
Districts 9
Municipalities 26
Wāli Mr. Tahar Sakrane
PPA president Mrs. Ayad Ratiba [1](RND)
Basic statistics
Area 2,121 km² (819 sq mi)
Population 1,443,052[1] (2008)
Density 680.4/km² (1,762.0/sq mi)

Oran (Arabic: ولاية وهران‎) is a province (wilaya) in Algeria whose seat is the city of the same name.

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Geography

It is located in the northwestern part of the country. Its population is 1,443,052[1] and it covers a total area of 2,114 km². The province is bordered to the east by the provinces of Mostaganem, to the south east by Mascara, to the south west by Sidi Bel Abbes, and to the west by Aïn Témouchent.

History

The province was formed from the former French department of Oran, which was maintained after independence and was transformed into a wilaya (province) by the ordnance of 1968. It inherited its current structure after the re-organization of 1974, when it lost its western and southern parts in favor of the creation of Sidi Bel Abbès Province.

Administrative divisions

As of 1984, the province is divided into 9 districts (daïras), which are further divided into 26 communes or municipalities.

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Districts

  1. Aïn El Turk
  2. Arzew
  3. Bethioua
  4. Bir El Djir
  5. Boutlélis
  6. Es Sénia
  7. Gdyel
  8. Oran
  9. Oued Tlélat

Communes

  1. Arzew
  2. Aïn Bya
  3. Aïn El Kerma
  4. Aïn El Turk
  5. Ben Freha
  6. Bethioua
  7. Bir El Djir
  8. Boufatis
  9. Bousfer
  10. Boutlélis
  11. El Ançor
  12. El Braya
  13. El Kerma
  14. Es Sénia
  15. Gdyel
  16. Hassi Ben Okba
  17. Hassi Bounif
  18. Hassi Mefsoukh
  19. Mers El Hadjadj
  20. Mers El Kébir
  21. Misserghin
  22. Oran
  23. Oued Tlélat
  24. Sidi Ben Yebka
  25. Sidi Chami
  26. Tafraoui

References

  1. ^ a b 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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