Soissons

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Soissons

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Coat of arms of Soissons
Soissons is located in France
Soissons
Administration
Country France
Region Picardy
Department Aisne
Statistics
Elevation 38–130 m (125–427 ft)
(avg. 55 m/180 ft)
Land area1 12.32 km2 (4.76 sq mi)
Population2 28,309  (2012)
 - Density 2,298 /km2 (5,950 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 02722/ 02200
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°13′31″N 3°11′33″E / 49.2254°N 3.1925°E / 49.2254; 3.1925

Soissons is a commune in the Picardy region in the Aisne department in the north of France. Soissons was the capital of France from 486 (the year of the famous vase of Soissons) until about 900. The city's name comes from a Belgic tribe: the Suessiones.