|Residents||644,303 (Jan. 1, 2017)|
|Population density||94 inhabitants per km²|
President of the
|Dominique Bussereau ( UMP )|
Location of the department of Charente-Maritime in the
The Charente-Maritime [ ʃaˌʀãtmaʀitim ] is the French department of 17 with the ordinal number It is located in the west of the country on the Atlantic coast in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine and is named after the river Charente and after his maritime named location. The capital is the old fortified city of La Rochelle . From its establishment in 1790 until 1941, the department was called Charente-Inférieure .
The Charente-Maritime is bordered to the north by the department of Vendée , in the northeast on the Deux-Sevres , on the east by the Charente , in the extreme southeast of the Dordogne department , on the south by the department of Gironde and the west by the Gironde and the Atlantic Ocean .
The most important rivers are the Sèvre Niortaise , predominantly northern border to the Vendée department, the eponymous Charente , which crosses the department in a westerly direction and flows into the Atlantic behind Rochefort , its right tributary Boutonne , further south the Seudre , whose estuary becomes extensive oyster- and mussel farming is used, and in the southeast the Dronne , which forms the short border to the Dordogne department.
coat of arms
The most populous communes in the Charente-Maritime department are:
|La Rochelle||75,735||La Rochelle|
January 1, 2017
population / km²
- List of communes in the Charente-Maritime department
- List of cantons in the Charente-Maritime department
- List of associations of municipalities in the Charente-Maritime department
Observation station: Pointe de la Coubre, 150 m from the sea, at the exit of the Gironde
|Maritime climate data||J||F.||M.||A.||M.||J||J||A.||S.||O||N||D.|
|mean maximum temperature||9||10||12||15th||18th||21st||23||23||21st||18th||13||10|
|mean low temperature||3||4th||5||7th||11||14th||16||16||14th||11||7th||5|
|Number of very sunny days||3||3||4.5||4.5||4th||5||7th||6th||5||5||3||2.5|
|Number of days with an overcast sky||17th||13||13||10||10||7th||6th||6th||9||10||15th||16|
|Number of rainy days||13||11||10||9||9||7th||6th||8th||9||10||13||13|
|Rainfall in mm||85||70||55||50||50||40||35||55||70||75||95||92|
|Water temperature near the coast||10||10||11||13||14th||17th||19th||20th||19th||17th||15th||12|
Days per year with
- Rainfalls over 1 mm: 118
- Frost: 26
- first frost: late November
- last frost: mid-March
- Snow: 2
- Thunderstorm: 12
- Hail: 3
(As of 1991)
- Charente-Maritime department (French)
- Prefecture of the Charente-Maritime department (French)
- Current events in Charente-Maritime (French)
- charente-maritime.fr, accessed on May 3, 2015.
- Climate data from: Jean-Noël Darde: Plages et côtes de France. Éditions Balland, Paris 1991.