Confolens

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Confolens
View of Confolens from the Sainte-Catherine hill
View of Confolens from the Sainte-Catherine hill
Coat of arms of Confolens
Coat of arms
Confolens is located in France
Confolens
Confolens
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Confolens is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Confolens
Confolens
Coordinates: 46°00′52″N 0°40′24″E / 46.0144°N 0.6733°E / 46.0144; 0.6733Coordinates: 46°00′52″N 0°40′24″E / 46.0144°N 0.6733°E / 46.0144; 0.6733
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentCharente
ArrondissementConfolens
CantonCharente-Vienne
IntercommunalityConfolentais
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jean-Noël Dupré
Area123.63 km2 (9.12 sq mi)
Population (2013)22,721
 • Density120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Confolentais
Time zoneCET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST)CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code16106 /16500
Elevation127–222 m (417–728 ft)
(avg. 152 m or 499 ft)
Websitewww.mairie-confolens.fr
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.

Confolens (Occitan: Confolents[1]) is a commune in southwestern France. Confolens is the administrative centre of a largely rural area, which has had an important growth of tourism in recent years.

It is one of the two subprefectures of the Charente department and the capital of the canton of Charente-Vienne.

History[change | change source]

On 1 January 2016, the former commune Saint-Germain-de-Confolens was merged with the commune of Confolens.[2]

Geography[change | change source]

Confolens is at the confluence of the Vienne and Goire rivers. The name of this place comes from the Latin word confluens that means "confluence".[3]

The city is at 65 km (40 mi) from Angoulême, 55 km (34 mi) from Limoges and 70 km (43 mi) from Poitiers, the three largest cities that are closest to Confolens.

It has an area of 23.63 km2 (9.12 sq mi) and its average altitude is 152 m (499 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 150 m (490 ft).[4]

Confolens and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Confolens

The communes that are around Confolens are Brillac, Esse, Saint-Maurice-des-Lions, Ansac-sur-Vienne, Hiesse and Lessac.

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Confolens, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.[5]

Population[change | change source]

With a population of 2,721,[6] Confolens has a population density of 115 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Confolens are known, in French, as Confolentais (women: Confolentaises).[7]

Administration[change | change source]

Confolens is a subprefecture of the Charente department since 1800. It is also the capital of the canton of Charente-Vienne.[8]

Gallery[change | change source]

People from Confolens[change | change source]

Twin cities[change | change source]

Confolens is a twin town of:[9]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "CHARANTA OCCITANA : los noms de las comunas". Confolentés occitan (in Occitan). Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  2. Préfecture de la Charente (19 octobre 2015). "Recueil des actes administratifs" (PDF) (in French). Retrieved 16 July 2016. Check date values in: |date= (help).
  3. Nègre, Ernest (1990). Librairie Droz, ed. Toponymie générale de la France (in French). Volume 1. p. 298. ISBN 2-60002-883-8. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  4. "Confolens". Map-France.com. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  5. "La ville de Confolens". Annuaire-Mairie.fr (in French). Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  6. "Populations lègales 2013 - 16-Charente". Populations légales 2013 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  7. "Charente (16)" (in French). habitants.fr. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  8. "Liste des cantons de l'arrondissement de Confolens" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 15 July 2016.
  9. "Jumelage" (in French). Ville de Confolens. Retrieved 15 July 2016.

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