Subdivisions of Senegal

Senegal is subdivided into four levels of administrative divisions.


At the top level are the Regions of Senegal and their elected administrative body. The 14 regions (régions, singular - région), are administered by a Conseil Régionaux, which is elected by population weight at the Arrondissement level.

Region Capital
(2013 census)
Dakar Dakar 547 3,137,196
Ziguinchor Ziguinchor 7,352 549,151
Diourbel Diourbel 4,824 1,497,455
Saint-Louis Saint-Louis 19,241 908,942
Tambacounda Tambacounda 42,364 681,310
Kaolack Kaolack   5,357 960,875
Thiès Thiès 6,670 1,788,864
Louga Louga 24,889 874,193
Fatick Fatick 6,849 835,352
Kolda Kolda 13,771 714,392
Matam Matam 29,445 562,539
Kaffrine Kaffrine 11,262 566,992
Kédougou Kédougou 16,800 152,357
Sédhiou Sédhiou 7,341 452,944


Regions are subdivided into Departments, which are strictly administrative entities with no independent political power.


Departments are made up of Arrondissements. These are also purely administrative structures, with prefects appointed by the central government.


City arrondissements (such as in Dakar and Pikine) are divided into Communes d'arrondissement. In the Dakar Region, since 1996, the four Arrondissements have been subdivided into such Communes d'arrondissement, with appointed Sub-Prefects, answerable to their Arrondissement Prefects. Outside the large cities, the built up areas are titled communes de ville and the rural arrondissements divided into communautés rurales which maintain the same powers: city councils and mayors, directly elected.

Senegal's subdivisions number 14 régions, 45 départements, 133 arrondissements, 46 communes d'arrondissement, 113 communes de ville and 370 communautés rurales.[2]


  1. ^ Senegal Archived 2015-04-19 at the Wayback Machine at GeoHive.
  2. ^ List of current local elected officials Archived 2007-08-19 at the Wayback Machine from Union des Associations d’ Elus Locaux (UAEL) du Sénégal. See also the law creating current local government structures: (in French) Code des collectivités locales, Loi n° 96-06 du 22 mars 1996.

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