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Regions of Cameroon

Regions of Cameroon
Régions du Cameroun (French)
Category Unitary State
Location Republic of Cameroon
Number 10
Populations 634,555 (South Region) – 3,111,792 (Far North Region)
Areas 13,890 km2 (5,364 sq mi) (West Region) – 109,000 km2 (42,086 sq mi) (East Region)
Government Semi-Autonomous Region government
Subdivisions Department

The Republic of Cameroon is divided into ten regions:

Region French name Capital Population (2005 census) Area (km²) Population density (/km²)
1. Adamawa Adamaoua Ngaoundéré 884,289 63,701 8
2. Centre Centre Yaoundé 3,098,044 68,953 24
3. East Est Bertoua 771,755 109,002 5
4. Far North Extrême-Nord Maroua 3,111,792 34,263 54
5. Littoral Littoral Douala 2,510,263 20,248 67
6. North Nord Garoua 1,687,959 66,090 13
7. Northwest Nord-Ouest Bamenda 1,728,953 17,300 69
8. South Sud Ebolowa 634,555 47,191 8
9. Southwest Sud-Ouest Buea 1,316,079 25,410 34
10. West Ouest Bafoussam 1,720,047 13,892 97

In 2008, the President of the Republic of Cameroon, President Paul Biya signed decrees abolishing "provinces" and replacing them with "regions". Hence, all of the country's ten provinces are now known as regions.

Most of these provinces were designated in the 1960s alongside Centre-South Province (split into Centre and South in 1983). At the same time, Adamawa and Far North Provinces were split from North Province.

See also


  • Law, Gwillim (2005): Provinces of Cameroon, (accessed 3 June 2006).

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