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Mali is divided into eight regions and one capital district. Each of the regions bears the name of its principal city. The regions are divided into 49 cercles. The cercles and the capital district are divided into 703 communes.[1]


The regions are numbered, originally west to east, with Roman numerals.[2] The capital Bamako is administered separately and is in its own District.

The eight regions and the Bamako District are listed below. The population figures are from the 1998 and 2009 censuses.[3]

Region name Region number Area (km2) Population
Census 1998
Census 2009
Kayes Région I 119,743 1,374,316 1,996,812
Koulikoro Région II 95,848 1,570,507 2,418,305
Bamako Unnumbered 252 1,016,296 1,809,106
Sikasso Région III 70,280 1,782,157 2,625,919
Ségou Région IV 64,821 1,675,357 2,336,255
Mopti Région V 79,017 1,484,601 2,037,330
Tombouctou Région VI 496,611 442,619 681,691
Gao Région VII 170,572 341,542 544,120
Kidal Région VIII 151,430 38,774 67,638

See also


  1. Loi N°99-035/ Du 10 Aout 1999 Portant Creation des Collectivites Territoriales de Cercles et de Regions (PDF) (in French), Ministère de l'Administration Territoriales et des Collectivités Locales, République du Mali, 1999 .
  2. Évaluation de la coopération décentralisée franco-malienne La coopération décentralisée franco-malienne, état des lieux, Ministère des Affaires étrangères et européennes (French Ministry of Foreign Affairs).
  3. Resultats Provisoires RGPH 2009 (PDF) (in French), République de Mali: Institut National de la Statistique .

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