Bingöl Province

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Bingöl Province

Bingöl ili
Bingol in Turkey.svg
Location of Bingöl Province in Turkey
Country Turkey
Region Central East Anatolia
Subregion Malatya
   Electoral district Bingöl
  GovernorKadir Ekinci
  Total8,125 km2 (3,137 sq mi)
 (2018) [1]
  Density35/km2 (90/sq mi)
Area code(s) 0426
Vehicle registration 12

Bingöl Province (Turkish : Bingöl ili, Kurdish : Parêzgeha Çewlîgê [2] [3] ) is a province of Turkey in Eastern Anatolia. The province was known as Çapakçur Province until 1945 when it was renamed as Bingöl province. [4] Its neighboring provinces are Tunceli, Erzurum, Muş, Diyarbakır, Erzincan and Elazığ. The province covers an area of 8,125 km2 and has a population of 255,170. The capital is Bingöl. As the current Governor of the province, Kadir Ekinci was appointed by the president on the 5 November 2018. [5]


The town of Genç was the scene of origin for the Kurdish Sheikh Said rebellion in 1925 and most of the region was captured by the rebels during the rebellion. [6]


Kurds comprise the majority of the province and the province is considered part of Turkish Kurdistan. [7] [8] Its population is majority Sunni, conservative and many adhere to the Naqshbandi order. [9] [10] The province moreover has a significant Alevi minority. [11] Linguistically, the southern parts of the province speak Zaza, while the northern parts speak Kurmanji. Many Zaza-speakers speak Kurmanji as well. [12]

Language and religion statistics

Bingöl Province was part of Bitlis Vilayet during the Ottoman era as Genç Sanjak and had a population of 36,011 in the 1881-1882 census.

In the 1906-1907 census, the sanjak had a population of 45,215 of which

The first Turkish census which included Bingöl Province was the 1945 census, where the population was 75,550 who all were Muslims. Linguistically, the most spoken first language was Kurdish at

A 2016 survey showed that 90.4% of the population spoke Turkish, 64.1% spoke Zaza, 40.1% spoke Kurmanji and 5.6% spoke Arabic. [18]


From 1923 to 1929, Bingöl Province was part of Elazığ Province and part of Muş Province from 1929 to 1936. It ultimately became a province in 1936. [4]

In December 1935 the Tunceli Law was passed which demanded a more powerful government in the region. [19] Therefore the region containing the present Bingöl province, together with the provinces of Tunceli, Erzincan and Elaziğ were included in the Fourth Inspectorate General (Umumi Müfettişlik, UM) in January 1936. [20] [21] The fourth UM was governed by a Governor Commander. All the employees in the municipalities were to be from the military and the Governor Commander had the authority to evacuate whole villages and resettle them in other parts of the province. [20] in 1946 the Tunceli Law was abolished and the state of emergency removed but the authority of the fourth UM was transferred to the military. [20] The Inspectorate General was dissolved in 1952 during the Government of the Democrat Party. [22]


Bingöl province is divided into 8 districts (capital district in bold):


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