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Drôme
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Coat of Arms de la Drôme


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Information
Number26
RegionRhône-Alpes
PrefectureValence
SubprefecturesDie
Nyons
Population


 - Total (1999)
 - Density

Ranked 53rd


437,778


67 /km²
Area6,530 km²
Arrondissements3
Cantons36
Communes369
President of the
general council
Didier Guillaume
Location
Location of de la Drôme in France

Drôme is a département in southeastern France named after the Drôme River.

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History

Drôme was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Dauphiné.

Geography

Drôme is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the departments of Ardèche, Isère, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and Vaucluse.

The boundaries of the department have changed several times with the incorporation of the Comtat Venaissin in 1792 and the creation of the department of Vaucluse in 1793. There is an enclave of the department of Vaucluse, the canton of Valréas, which is surrounded by Drôme.

Economy

Drôme has one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in France. It is very diversified, including plastics, large machinery, packaging, food processing, and high tech.

Demographics

The inhabitants of the department are called Drômois.

Main cities

(1999 figures)
Valence (66568)
Romans-sur-Isère (33665)
Montélimar (32896)

Tourism

Winter sports—skiiing, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing—are all available in Drôme.

External links

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