Drôme department

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Coat of arms of the Drôme 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 Drôme department in France
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region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
prefecture Valence
Sub-prefecture (s) The
Residents 511,553 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 78 inhabitants per km²
surface 6,530.56 km²
Arrondissements 3
Community associations 16
Cantons 19th
Communities 364
President of the
Department Council
Didier Guillaume ( PS )
ISO-3166-2 code FR-26
Location of the Drôme
Location of the Drôme in the
region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

The Drôme [ dʀoːm ] is the French department with the atomic number 26. It is in the southeast of the country in the region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes and was named after the river Drôme named, a tributary of the Rhone .


Viticulture at Tain-l'Hermitage

The Drôme department is located in south-eastern France, in the Dauphiné region , and has an area of ​​6530 km². This makes it one of the medium-sized departments. The highest point is the Rocher Rond at 2,453 meters , another well-known peak is the Roc de Garnesier ( 2,388 m). The lowest point is at 50 meters above sea level, at the point where the Rhône leaves the department to the south.

The area of ​​the Département Drôme can be divided into three natural landscapes: the hilly area between the rivers Rhône and Isère in the north of the department, the valley of the Rhone ( vallée du Rhône ), which extends from north to south over the entire area of ​​the Drôme, and a section of the French Alps in the east of the department. These include the Vercors , Dévoluy , Diois and Baronnies mountains .

The Drôme department borders on the Ardèche , Isère , Hautes-Alpes , Alpes-de-Haute-Provence and Vaucluse departments .

In the south of the department lies the canton of Valréas , which belongs to the Vaucluse department and thus forms an enclave within the Drôme department.

coat of arms

Description : In the golden shield forward above rotbeflosster jumping Blue Dolphin front bottom four blue oblique bar , the back up in blue six (3; 2; 1) silver balls under a golden shield main and rear black bottom ermine on silver, about a golden bar with red overturned tip .


The area of ​​the Département Drôme was occupied in antiquity by the Celtic tribe of the Allobroger , their settlements were mainly on the banks of the Isère . Other small Gallic (Celtic) tribes also populated the area.

As a province of the Roman Empire , the country experienced an economic boom. Numerous settlements emerged in the fertile valleys in what is now the Drôme department. These people lived mainly from agriculture. The cities of Saint-Paul-Trois-Châteaux ( Augusta Tricastinorum ), Die ( Colonia Dea Augusta Vocontiorum ) and Valence ( Julia Valencia ) developed in industry and were able to sell their goods to the Romans.

During the 11th, 12th and 13th centuries, many wars were fought in this area between the bishops, counts and other nobles. Finally Frederick I ceded the land to the Bishop of Valence .

Before 1789, the area was largely part of the Dauphiné with a few Provencal enclaves. The department was formed on March 4, 1790.

From 1960 to 2015 it was part of the Rhône-Alpes region , which in 2016 became part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

Administrative division

Communes and arrondissements in the Drôme department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
The 5 112 000000000067697.000000000067,697 2,498.70 000000000000027.000000000027 261
Nyons 6th 149 000000000149036.0000000000149.036 2,478.78 000000000000060.000000000060 262
Valence 12 103 000000000294820.0000000000294,820 1,553.08 000000000000190.0000000000190 263
Drôme department 19th 364 000000000511553.0000000000511,553 6,530.56 000000000000078.000000000078 26th

With effect from February 1, 2006, the cantons Dieulefit, Marsanne, Montélimar-1 and Montélimar-2 moved from the Arrondissement of Valence to the Arrondissement of Nyons as part of an administrative reform.

See also:

Web links

Commons : Département Drôme  - Album with pictures, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. ^ Assemblée ( Memento of November 28, 2012 in the Internet Archive ) accessed on August 31, 2012.

Coordinates: 44 ° 54 '  N , 5 ° 1'  E