Ardennes department

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Coat of arms of the Ardennes department
Finistère Côtes-d’Armor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Loire-Atlantique Vendée Manche Mayenne Orne Calvados Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Indre-et-Loire Vienne Deux-Sèvres Indre Loir-et-Cher Eure Eure-et-Loir Seine-Maritime Oise Aisne Somme Pas-de-Calais Nord Ardennes Marne Meuse Meurthe-et-Moselle Haute-Marne Vosges Moselle Haut-Rhin Bas-Rhin Territoire de Belfort Cher Loiret Yonne Aube Côte-d’Or Nièvre Haute-Saône Essonne Yvelines Seine-et-Marne Val-d’Oise Hauts-de-Seine Val-de-Marne Seine-Saint-Denis Paris Doubs Jura Saône-et-Loire Allier Creuse Haute-Vienne Charente Charente-Maritime Corrèze Dordogne Gironde Puy-de-Dôme Loire Rhône Ain Haute-Savoie Cantal Lot Savoie Haute-Loire Isère Ardèche Landes Lot-et-Garonne Hautes-Alpes Drôme Alpes-Maritimes Var Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Vaucluse Bouches-du-Rhône Gard Hérault Lozère Aveyron Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne Gers Pyrènèes-Atlantiques Hautes-Pyrénées Aude Pyrénées-Orientales Haute-Garonne Ariège Haute-Corse Corse-du-Sud Vereinigtes Königreich Andorra Guernsey Jersey Niederlande Belgien Luxemburg Deutschland Liechtenstein Monaco Österreich Schweiz Italien SpanienLocation of the Ardennes department in France
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region Grand Est
prefecture Charleville-Mezieres
Sub-prefecture (s) Rethel
Residents 273,579 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 52 inhabitants per km²
surface 5,229.86 km²
Arrondissements 4th
Community associations 8th
Cantons 19th
Communities 449
President of the
Department Council
Benoît Huré ( UMP )
ISO-3166-2 code FR-08
Location of the Ardennes
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.

The Allée couverte de Giraumont (also Dolmen de la Ganguille) is a gallery tomb in Clavy-Warby, near Saint-Marcel .


The department was formed on March 4, 1790 from the northern areas of the province of Champagne ( Duchy of Rethel , County of Porcéan , Principality of Sedan and others).

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

Description : Under a red shield head with three (2; 1) golden crests, a silver diagonal bar is accompanied by golden meanders on both sides in blue . A silver shield with a black boar lies on top .


The most populous municipalities in the Ardennes department are:

city Population
Charleville-Mezieres 46,428 Charleville-Mezieres
Sedan 16,428 Sedan
Rethel 7,592 Rethel
Givet 6,749 Charleville-Mezieres
Revin 6.239 Charleville-Mezieres
Nouzonville 5,836 Charleville-Mezieres
Bogny-sur-Meuse 5,100 Charleville-Mezieres

Administrative division

The Ardennes department is divided into 4 arrondissements , 19 cantons and 449 communes :

Communes and arrondissements in the Ardennes department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Charleville-Mezieres 11 157 000000000157058.0000000000157.058 1,825.72 000000000000086.000000000086 081
Rethel 3 101 000000000037413.000000000037,413 1,199.72 000000000000031.000000000031 082
Sedan 5 73 000000000057356.000000000057,356 792.24 000000000000072.000000000072 083
Vouziers 2 118 000000000021752.000000000021,752 1,412.18 000000000000015.000000000015th 084
Ardennes department 19th 449 000000000273579.0000000000273,579 5,229.86 000000000000052.000000000052 08

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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.

Web links

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Coordinates: 49 ° 35 '  N , 4 ° 35'  E