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Vienne

Vienne
Department
Prefecture building of the Vienne department, in Poitiers
Prefecture building of the Vienne department, in Poitiers
Coat of arms of Vienne
Coat of arms
Location of Vienne in France
Location of Vienne in France
Coordinates:
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Prefecture Poitiers
Subprefectures Châtellerault
Montmorillon
Government
 • President of the General Council Claude Bertaud
Area
 • Total 6,990 km2 (2,700 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 421,891
 • Rank 56th
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 86
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 38
Communes 281
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Vienne (French pronunciation: ​) is a department in the Poitou-Charentes region of France named after the river Vienne.

History

Vienne is one of the original 83 departments, established on March 4, 1790 during the French Revolution. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Poitou, Touraine, and Berry, until the 15th century part of the Duchy of Aquitaine.

The original Acadians, who settled in Nova Scotia and what are today other maritime provinces of Canada, left Vienne for North America after 1604. Kennedy (2014) argues that the emigrants carried to Canada their customs and social structure. They were frontier peoples, who dispersed their settlements based on kinship. They optimized use of farmland and emphasized trading for a profit. They were hierarchical and politically active.[1]

Economy

Goat cheese making is an important industry of Vienne.

Politics

Edith Cresson, France's first woman Prime Minister from 1991-1992, was a deputy for the department.

Tourism and sights

The most famous tourist sites include the Futuroscope theme park, Poitiers (city of Art and History), the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, a UNESCO world heritage site, the animal parks of Monkey's Valley in Romagne & the Crocodile Planet in Civaux.

International relations

Twin towns, Sister cities & Partnership cities

Vienne has a partnership relationship with:

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ Gregory M.W. Kennedy. Something of a Peasant Paradise? Comparing Rural Societies in Acadie and the Loudunais, 1604-1755 (MQUP, 2014)
  2. ^ "Neath Port Talbot Twin Towns". Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  3. ^ "Partneri- ja kummikaupungit (Partnership and twinning cities)". Oulun kaupunki (City of Oulu) (in Finnish). Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  4. ^ 友好城市 (Friendly cities), 市外办 (Foreign Affairs Office), 2008-03-22. (Translation by Google Translate.)
  5. ^ 国际友好城市一览表 (International Friendship Cities List), 2011-01-20. (Translation by Google Translate.)
  6. ^ 友好交流 (Friendly exchanges), 2011-09-13. (Translation by Google Translate.)

External links

  • (English) French Vienne Tourism Agency
  • (French) General Council website
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