|Residents||191.091 (Jan. 1, 2017)|
|Population density||31 inhabitants per km²|
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Location of the Gers department in the Occitanie
Gers [ ʒɛːʀ or ʒɛʀs ] is the French department with serial number 32. It is located in the southwest of the country in the Occitania region and was named after the river Gers , a tributary of the Garonne .
The department arose on March 4, 1790 from parts of the former French province of Gascogne (mainly from the counties Armagnac and Condomois ). After the creation of the Tarn-et-Garonne department in 1808, some communities in the northeast had to give it up.
It belonged to the Midi-Pyrénées region from 1960 to 2015 , which was added to the Occitania region in 2016 .
Gers is located in the south-west of France in the historic province of Gascony .
The Gers is one of the most agricultural and least populated areas in Western Europe . Because of its beautiful landscape, Gers is sometimes referred to as the Tuscany of France .
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The inhabitants of the department are called Gersois.
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- List of communes in the Gers department
- List of cantons in the Gers department
- List of associations of municipalities in the Gers department
The area is very rural. Some culinary specialties are:
The summers are long and warm, the winters short and mild. The annual rainfall varies from more than 900 millimeters in the southwest of the department to less than 700 millimeters in the northeast ( Auch , Condom , Lectoure ).
The winters are different, with often negative temperatures, but the climate remains soft and dry, the department is one of the sunniest in France.
This climate has been a strong attraction for visitors for centuries. In the area you can find several castles, medieval walled places and places of religious importance on the Way of St. James and the Via Podiensis .