|Residents||141,284 (Jan 1, 2017)|
|Population density||26 inhabitants per km²|
President of the
Location of the department of Hautes-Alpes in the
region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
The Hautes-Alpes department [ otzalp ] is the French department with the atomic number 05. It is in the southeast of the country in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur at the Italian border and was so named because here - apart from the The peaks of the Mont-Blanc group in the Haute-Savoie department - the highest mountains in France are located.
The department is located in the southern part of the Western Alps. With the Barre des Écrins , the summit of the southernmost four-thousand-meter peak in the Alps lies in the area of the department. The highest mountains include the Barre des Écrins La Meije ( ), L'Ailefroide ( ), Mont Pelvoux ( ), Pic Gaspard ( ), Pic de Neige-Cordier ( ). The passes include the Col Agnel ( ), the Col du Galibier ( ), the Col d'Izoard ( ), the Col de Vars ( ) and the Col du Lautaret ( ).high
Much of the department is drained by the south-flowing Durance and its tributaries Buëch , Clarée , Guil and Guisane . Only the Drac and Romanche rivers flow north. The largest lake is the almost 30 km² Lac de Serre-Ponçon reservoir .
The Hautes-Alpes department includes the landscapes of Briançonnais , Bochaine , Champsaur , Dévoluy , Embrunais , Gapençais , Guillestrois , Laragnais , Queyras , Veynois , Valgaudemar and the Pays des Écrins .
coat of arms
Description: The coat of arms is split and shows a golden Tolosan cross in red in front and a blue dolphin in red in the back . In the blue head of the shield there are three rows of sown golden lilies .
By a law of December 22nd, 1789, the Hautes-Alpes department was created on March 4th 1790 as one of 83 departments. It was formed from the southeastern part of the Dauphiné province and the northern part of the Provence province and divided into the four arrondissements of Briançon , Embrun, Gap and Serres with 39 cantons. The main town became the municipality of Chorges , but the administration changed to Gap that same year . On February 17, 1800 there was a new division of the cantons into the arrondissements, with the arrondissement Serres being abolished. After the reform of September 10, 1926, the Arrondissement Embrun was also dissolved.
The municipalities of the department include next to Gap (40.895 Ew.) And Briançon (11.625 Ew.) Embrun (6155 Ew.), Laragne-Montéglin (3511 Ew.) And Veynes (3182 Ew.). The population figures refer to the reference date January 1, 2017. With Saint-Véran at an altitude of , the highest municipality in France is located in the Hautes-Alpes department.
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- List of communes in the Hautes-Alpes department
- List of cantons in the Hautes-Alpes department
- List of associations of municipalities in the Hautes-Alpes department
- General Council of the Hautes-Alpes Department (French)
- Prefecture of the Hautes-Alpes department (French)
- http://www.cg05.fr/3069-conseillers-generaux.htm accessed on September 9, 2012
- When the department was founded in 1790, the Mont-Blanc area was not yet part of France. Thus the Barre des Ecrins was the highest mountain in the country back then, before Savoy finally fell to France from 1796 to 1815 or from 1860.