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Town Hall
Town Hall
Coat of arms of Compiègne
Coat of arms
Compiègne is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Compiègne is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 49°14′43″N 2°29′32″E / 49.2454°N 2.4923°E / 49.2454; 2.4923Coordinates: 49°14′43″N 2°29′32″E / 49.2454°N 2.4923°E / 49.2454; 2.4923
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Oise
Area1 53.1 km2 (20.5 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 40,028
 • Density 750/km2 (2,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 60159 /60200
Elevation 31–134 m (102–440 ft)
(avg. 41 m or 135 ft)

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.

Compiègne is a commune in the Oise department, in Picardy. It is also one of its sub-prefectures. The history of the city goes back to Roman times. In those times, there was a river crossing of the Oise River. The river was called Isara at the time. On the outskirts of the modern city, roman houses (villae) were found. Today, about 40.000 people live in the city and about 97.000 in its urban area.