Ariège department

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Coat of arms of the Ariège 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 Ariège department in France
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region Occitania
prefecture Foix
Sub-prefecture (s) Pamiers
Residents 153,153 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 31 inhabitants per km²
surface 4,889.92 km²
Arrondissements 3
Community associations 8th
Cantons 13
Communities 327
President of the
Department Council
Augustin Bonrepaux
ISO-3166-2 code FR-09
Location of the Ariège
Location of the Ariège department in the Occitanie

The Ariège [ aˈʀjɛʒ ] department is the French department with the serial number 09. It is located in the southwest of the country in the Occitanie region on the border with Spain and Andorra and was named after the Ariège river . The main town of the department is Foix .


Ariège is located in the Pyrenees . The highest mountain, the Pica d'Estats , reaches a height of 3143  m .

The department is rich in lakes and rivers. Vegetation and fauna are typical of high mountains and are similar to that of the Alps .

coat of arms

Description: Three red posts in gold , on which there is a blue coat of arms with a silver bell .


The department was formed on March 4, 1790 mainly from the county Foix , the Gascognischen vice-county Couserans and a small part of the Languedoc (around Mirepoix). When it was founded, it was divided into the three districts of Saint-Girons, Mirepoix and Tarascon with 28 cantons, the administration was divided between the places Foix, Pamiers and Saint-Girons, which was abolished in 1794 when Foix was designated as the sole administrative seat. On February 17, 1800, the three arrondissements of Foix, Pamiers and Saint-Girons were formed by redistributing the cantons. The Arrondissement Pamiers, abolished on September 10, 1926, was re-established on June 1, 1942.

It belonged to the Midi-Pyrénées region from 1960 to 2015 , which was added to the Occitania region in 2016 .

Administrative division

Communes and arrondissements in the Ariège department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Foix 6th 115 000000000047448.000000000047,448 1,818.50 000000000000026.000000000026th 091
Pamiers 5 91 000000000065028.000000000065,028 1,052.16 000000000000062.000000000062 092
Saint-Girons 4th 121 000000000040677.000000000040,677 2,019.26 000000000000020.000000000020th 093
Ariège department 13 327 000000000153153.0000000000153.153 6,925.22 000000000000022.000000000022nd 09

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Economy and tourism

In addition to tourism, the region lives mainly from aluminum , talc and fabrics .

There are also enough hotels, gîtes or campsites in the main travel season (winter and summer) . In addition to the many amusements in the great outdoors and the sights mentioned above, you can also visit the many small markets in the towns where products from the region are offered (e.g. in Foix on Wednesdays and Fridays). The cheese (e.g. Bethmale ), honey, foie gras and cassoulet deserve special mention.

Furthermore, in the summer months there is a play performed by amateur actors in Foix with an annually changing theme. There is an open-air theater right next to the castle, which also u. a. is built into the pieces during fireworks .

You can also book several days of accompanied riding holidays. On the little Pyrenees horses, the Mérens , you ride through forests and take a break. a. at the numerous ruins. A vehicle then brings tents and food to agreed places.

In the summer months, festivals with live music and medieval markets take place in many villages. In September there is the fête de Foix with a large fireworks display. The castle is "set on fire" high above the unlit town. The echo of the individual rockets is amplified many times over by the surrounding mountains.


Numerous mainly medieval buildings have been preserved - Cathar fortresses , Romanesque churches, so-called bastide cities, etc. Further sights are:


Rugby is mainly played by the locals . In addition to cycling (Ariège regularly takes part in the Tour de France with spectacular mountain finishes in the Pyrenees ), football is of course also played. The best-known "export" is probably the goalkeeper Fabien Barthez from Lavelanet , who was in the goal of the Equipe tricolore from 1994 to 2006 . In addition to hiking, skiing, water skiing, kayaking and canoeing, the department is also an insider tip for paragliders . High above the roofs of the capital Foix, you can soar into the air on the Prat d'Albis . The 18-hole course of the Golf Club de l'Ariége near la Bastide-de-Serou is located on a small plateau.

Web links

Commons : Département Ariège  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. accessed on August 19, 2012
  2. ^ Site sur la Population et les Limites Administratives de la France (Le SPLAF) . Retrieved August 3, 2011.

Coordinates: 42 ° 57 '  N , 1 ° 32'  E