|Residents||273,579 (Jan. 1, 2017)|
|Population density||52 inhabitants per km²|
President of the
|Benoît Huré ( UMP )|
Location of the department of Ardennes in the
region Grand Est
The Ardennes [ aʀˈdɛn ] department is the French department with the serial number 08. It is located in the north-east of the country in the Grand Est region , which has been formed from three former smaller regions since January 2016. The department was named after the low mountain range of the Ardennes .
The department, traversed by the Ardennes Forest in its northern part, extends in a wedge shape on both banks of the Meuse into Belgium , bordering the Aisne department to the west, the Marne department to the south and the Meuse department to the east . In the south the country belongs to the undulating chalk plains of Champagne, in the middle to the Jurassic Argonne with more mountain character and in the north to the rough Devonian slate plateaus of the Ardennes, which are still richly wooded and in deep valleys of the navigable, winding Meuse, the Chiers and the Semoy are cut through. The Aisne and its tributary Aire flow in the southwest . The 105 km long Canal des Ardennes runs along the Aisne via Rethel and Attigny east to Semuy, then through the mountain gap of Chemin le Populeux to the Bar and along the same to the north into the Meuse.
The climate is temperate, but rougher than in the other provinces of France at the same latitude.
From 1960 to 2015 it was part of the Champagne-Ardenne region , which in 2016 became part of the Grand Est region.
coat of arms
The most populous municipalities in the Ardennes department are:
January 1, 2017
population / km²
- List of communes in the Ardennes department
- List of cantons in the Ardennes department
- List of associations of municipalities in the Ardennes department
More than three fifths of the floor area is cultivated; the cultivation of grain is greater than the need, although agriculture is only practiced in the valleys, especially in that of the Aisne. Viticulture can only be found in the south. The cattle and sheep breeding, which itself supplies the neighboring departments, is very impressive. The extensive forests, which consist of oak, beech, ash, elm etc., still contain wolves and a lot of game. The rivers are rich in fish. The main food branches are also mining , metallurgical and manufacturing industries . This is particularly important on iron and slate, the iron industry employs numerous blast furnaces, sheet metal rolling mills, nail forges, machine and tool factories; then there are several copper smelters. The first place among the branches of industry in the department is cloth manufacture, which has its center in Sedan and employs around 17,000 workers in spinning, weaving and finishing. Other notable branches of industry are the production of clay pipes, glass, paper and sugar production, and brewing.
The department is crossed by several lines of the Eastern Railway, which have their junction in Mézieres.
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