Caen

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Caen

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Coat of arms of Caen
Caen is located in France
Caen
Administration
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Intercommunality Caen la Mer
Mayor Philippe Duron (PS)
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 2–73 m (6.6–239.5 ft)
(avg. 8 m/26 ft)
Land area1 25.70 km2 (9.92 sq mi)
Population2 112,790  (2008)
 - Density 4,389 /km2 (11,370 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14118/ 14000, 14300
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 49°10′59″N 0°22′10″W / 49.1831°N 0.3694°W / 49.1831; -0.3694

Caen ( pronounced can (/kɑ̃/); in other words, the e is not pronounced) is a city in France. It is the capital city of Basse-Normandie and Calvados. The river Orne flows through it. Today, about 110.000 people live there (intra muros, inside the city); the urban area has about 370.000 people. The city has a very long history; the name probably has Gaulish origins (from cato Military activity; and mago field; probably something like place where the troops exercised).[1]

Sister cities[change | change source]

Caen is twinned with:

References[change | change source]

  1. René Lepelley, Dictionnaire étymologique des noms de communes de Normandie, P.U.C., Corlet, Caen, Condé-sur-Noireau, 1996.