Landes

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Landes
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Coat of Arms of Landes


Details
Information
Number40
RegionAquitaine
PrefectureMont-de-Marsan
SubprefectureDax
Population


 - Total (1999)
 - Density

Ranked 68th


327,334


35 /km²
Area9,243 km²
Arrondissements2
Cantons30
Communes331
President of the
general council
Henri Emmanuelli
Location
Location of Landes in France

Landes is a département in southern France.


Contents

History

Historically, Landes was part of Gascony. It was one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the provinces of Guyenne and Gascony.


Geography

Landes is part of the current region of Aquitaine and is surrounded by the departments of Gironde, Lot-et-Garonne, Gers, and Pyrénées-Atlantiques, as well as the Atlantic Ocean on the west.

It is well known for the Côte d'Argent beach which is Europes longest, and attracts many surfers to the area each year.


Economics

In terms of agriculture, Les Landes is known for it's large pine forests which are the raw material for a timber and resin industries in the region.


External links


Landes is also the name of a commune in the Charente-Maritime département, in France.

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