M'Sila Province

M'Sila (also spelled Msila, M'sila or MSila) (Arabic: المسيلة al-Masīla, Berber languages: ⵎⵙⵉⵍⴰ Msila) 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 Province

ولاية المسيلة
Map of Algeria highlighting M'Sila
Coordinates: 35°42′N 4°33′E
Country Algeria
  Total18,718 km2 (7,227 sq mi)
  Density53/km2 (140/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01 (CET)
Area Code+213 (0) 35
ISO 3166 codeDZ-28
Transport in M'Sila Province

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.


The province was created from parts of Batna (département), Médéa (département) and Sétif (département) in 1974.

Administrative divisions

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


  1. Office National des Statistiques, Recensement General de la Population et de l’Habitat 2008 Archived 2008-07-24 at the Wayback Machine Preliminary results of the 2008 population census. Accessed on 2008-07-02.
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