Departments of Burkina Faso

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The 351 departments (or communes) of Burkina Faso.

The provinces of Burkina Faso are divided into 351 departments (as of 2014 and since local elections of 2012), whose urbanized areas (cities, towns and villages) are grouped into the same commune (municipality) with the same name as the department (the department also covers rural areas, including national natural parks, that are not ruled locally at municipal level, but by the state at departmental level). The 351 communes created in those departments have three kinds of status :


Departments (or communes) generally have the same name as their capital city or town, with a few exceptions (for historical reasons). For the local elections in 2012, communes were created in each department that still did not have one (village councils were kept but operate at advisory level under the supervision of their commune: each administrative village or urban sector elects at least 2 seats in the municipal council of their commune; for other elections at regional or national level, the smallest electoral circonscription is the whole department). The departments (or communes) are listed below, by province:

List of departments by region and by province

Here is a list of the departments, grouped by province and grouped by region:

Central Burkina Faso

Centre Region

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Departments of Kadiogo

Centre-Nord Region

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Departments of Bam
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Departments of Namentenga
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Departments of Sanmatenga

Centre-Sud Region

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Departments of Bazèga
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Departments of Nahouri
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Departments of Zoundwéogo

Plateau-Central Region

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Departments of Ganzourgou
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Departments of Kourwéogo
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Departments of Oubritenga

Eastern Burkina Faso

Centre-Est Region

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Departments of Boulgou
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Departments of Koulpélogo
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Departments of Kouritenga

Est Region

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Departments of Gnagna
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Departments of Gourma
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Departments of Komondjari
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Departments of Kompienga
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Departments of Tapoa

Northern Burkina Faso

Nord Region

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Departments of Loroum
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Departments of Passoré
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Departments of Yatenga
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Departments of Zondoma

Sahel Region

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Departments of Oudalan
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Departments of Séno
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Departments of Soum
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Departments of Yagha

Southern Burkina Faso

Hauts-Bassins Region

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Departments of Houet
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Departments of Kénédougou
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Departments of Tuy

Sud-Ouest Region

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Departments of Bougouriba
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Departments of Ioba
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Departments of Noumbiel
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Departments of Poni

Western Burkina Faso

Boucle du Mouhoun Region

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Departments of Balé
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Departments of Banwa
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Departments of Kossi
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Departments of Mouhoun
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Departments of Nayala
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Departments of Sourou

Cascades Region

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Departments of Comoé
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Departments of Léraba

Centre-Ouest Region

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Departments of Boulkiemdé
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Departments of Sanguié
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Departments of Sissili
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Departments of Ziro

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  1. (in French) Résultats préliminaires du RGPH 2006 Archived 2015-07-21 at the Wayback Machine , INSD.BF (non-consolidated figures of legal population by village or urban sector)
  2. (in French) Mémorandum sur la détermination du nombre de sièges des conseillers municipaux par village et par secteur dans le cadre des élections locales du 2 décembre 2012, CENI.BF (consolidated figures of legal population by village or urban sector, based on RGPH 2006, modified in 2012 including for newly created administrative villages).

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