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Thursday, May 11, 2006

Departments in France

We’ve been a lot to France before we emigrated, but the meaning of the departments and regions and the differences between them remained unclear. At en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Departments_of_France you can read what it’s all about, but I will restrict myself to what you need to know about it as an emigrant or tourist. France exists of 26 regions and 100 departments from which four overseas. The mainland (the actual France) is called ‘France métropolitaine’ and the overseas regions are called D.O.M. (Départements Outre Mer).

The departments are numbered. The regions exist already for many ages, the departments are more of a recent date (1789). This numbering takes place in alphabetic order. For example: 01 is Ain, 02 is Aisne, 03 is Allier, etcetera. You will see the numbers for instance on the number plate (plaque d’immatriculation) and in the first two numbers of the ZIP code.

source: nl.wikipedia.org

Example: we live in the department Aveyron which is part of the region Midi-Pyrénées. The number of the Aveyron is 12 (douze) and one can read it on the number plate and the ZIP code of our city is 12500, voilà. From January first 2009 all the number plates in France will be renumbered. With this the number of the department will terminate, but, rather more than two third of the French is against it. And that’s why one can choose to add the number to the right of the plate.

To the right the number of the department, in the example 80 (from the department Somme) in the region Picardie

The number of the department represents the unique qualities of the department by which many French feel connected. In here we recognize the much-discussed nationalism of the French, or shall I say, the inhabitants of the Aveyron. I have to admit, if during summertime we are again caught up by such a nervous zigzagging Frenchman we actually don’t need to watch the number plate, we look at each other and mumble: “da ain no local “.

  01 Ain 50 Manche
  02 Aisne 51 Marne
  03 Allier 52 Haute-Marne
  04 Alpes-de-Haute-Provence 53 Mayenne
  05 Hautes-Alpes 54 Meurthe-et-Moselle
  06 Alpes-Maritimes 55 Meuse
  07 Ardèche 56 Morbihan
  08 Ardennes 57 Moselle
  09 Ariège 58 Nièvre
  10 Aube 59 Nord
  11 Aude 60 Oise
  12 Aveyron 61 Orne
  13 Bouches-du-Rhône 62 Pas-de-Calais
  14 Calvados 63 Puy-de-Dôme
  15 Cantal 64 Pyrénées-Atlantiques
  16 Charente 65 Hautes-Pyrénées
  17 Charente-Maritime 66 Pyrénées-Orientales
  18 Cher 67 Bas-Rhin
  19 Corrèze 68 Haut-Rhin
  2A Corse-du-Sud 69 Rhône
  2B Haute-Corse 70 Haute-Saône
  21 Côte-d'Or 71 Saône-et-Loire
  22 Côtes-d'Armor 72 Sarthe
  23 Creuse 73 Savoie
  24 Dordogne 74 Haute-Savoie
  25 Doubs 75 Paris
  26 Drôme 76 Seine-Maritime
  27 Eure 77 Seine-et-Marne
  28 Eure-et-Loir 78 Yvelines
  29 Finistère 79 Deux-Sèvres
  30 Gard 80 Somme
  31 Haute-Garonne 81 Tarn
  32 Gers 82 Tarn-et-Garonne
  33 Gironde 83 Var
  34 Hérault 84 Vaucluse
  35 Ille-et-Vilaine 85 Vendée
  36 Indre 86 Vienne
  37 Indre-et-Loire 87 Haute-Vienne
  38 Isère 88 Vosges
  39 Jura 89 Yonne
  40 Landes 90 Territoire-de-Belfort
  41 Loir-et-Cher 91 Essonne
  42 Loire 92 Hauts-de-Seine
  43 Haute-Loire 93 Seine-Saint-Denis
  44 Loire-Atlantique 94 Val-de-Marne
  45 Loiret 95 Val-d'Oise
  46 Lot 971 Guadeloupe
  47 Lot-et-Garonne 972 Martinique
  48 Lozère 973 Guyane
  49 Maine-et-Loire 974 Réunion

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