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Prefecture building of the Landes department, in Mont-de-Marsan
Prefecture building of the Landes department, in Mont-de-Marsan
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Landes in France
Location of Landes in France
Coordinates: 44°00′N 0°50′W / 44°N 0.833°W / 44; -0.833Coordinates: 44°00′N 0°50′W / 44°N 0.833°W / 44; -0.833
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Département 4 March 1790
Prefecture Mont-de-Marsan
Subprefectures Dax
 • President of the General Council Henri Emmanuelli
 • Total 9,242.6 km2 (3,568.6 sq mi)
Population (2012)[2]
 • Total 392,884
 • Rank 60th
 • Density 42.50795/km2 (110.0951/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Landais
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-40
Arrondissements 2
Cantons 30
Communes 331

Landes (Gascon: Lanas) is a department in the Aquitaine region of France. Landes is the plural of the French word lande (in English:heathland); it was named so because it was the most common habitat in the region.

It is well known for the Côte d'Argent beach that attracts many surfers to Mimizan and Hossegor each year.

History[change | change source]

The department was formed during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790 with parts of the old provinces of Guyenne and Gascony. It was divided into four districts: Dax, Mont-de-Marsan, Saint-Sever and Tartas. The capital was Mont-de-Marsan.

The arrondissement of Dax, Mont-de-Marsan and Saint-Sever were established on 17 February 1800. The arrondissement of Saint-Sever was dissolved on 10 September 1926 and integrated into the arrondissements of Dax and Mont-de-Marsan.

Geography[change | change source]

Landes is part of the Aquitaine region, southwestern France, and is, after Gironde, the second largest department of Metropolitan France with an area of 9,242.6 km2 (3,569 sq mi).[1]

The department is bordered to the west by the Atlantic Ocean, to the north by the Gironde, to the northeast by Lot-et-Garonne and the south by the Pyrénées-Atlantiques; these three departments are, like Landes, of the Aquitaine region. To the east, it borders with the Gers department of the Midi-Pyrénées region.

The most important river is the Adour, which crosses the southern part of the department in the east-west direction; in Dax, the river turns to the southwest and is joined by the Gaves réunis before flowing into the Atlantic Ocean.[3]

The forest of Landes is the largest forest in France. It covers about 67% of the department in its northern part, and also covers a large part of the Gironde and Lot-et-Garonne (arrondissement of Nérac). The main species of tree is the maritime pine (Pinus pinaster).

Administration[change | change source]

The department is managed by the General Council of the Landes in Mont-de-Marsan. Landes is part of the region of Aquitaine.

Administrative divisions[change | change source]

There are 2 arrondissements (districts), 30 cantons and 331 communes (municipalities) in Landes.

Arrondissement Capital Population[4]
Cantons Communes
Dax Dax 215,905   3,194   67.6 13 153
Mont-de-Marsan Mont-de-Marsan 176,979   6,048   29.3 17 178
  • Cantons of the arrondissement of Dax
    • Amou
    • Castets
    • Dax
    • Dax-Nord
    • Dax-Sud
    • Montfort-en-Chalosse
    • Mugron
    • Peyrehorade
    • Pouillon
    • Saint-Martin-de-Seignanx
    • Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse
    • Soustons
    • Tartas
    • Tartas-Est
    • Tartas-Ouest
  • Cantons of the arrondissement of Mont-de-Marsan
    • Aire-sur-l'Adour
    • Gabarret
    • Geaune
    • Grenade-sur-l'Adour
    • Hagetmau
    • Labrit
    • Mimizan
    • Mont-de-Marsan
    • Mont-de-Marsan-Nord
    • Mont-de-Marsan-Sud
    • Morcenx
    • Parentis-en-Born
    • Pissos
    • Roquefort
    • Sabres
    • Saint-Sever
    • Sore
    • Villeneuve-de-Marsan

Demographics[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Landes are known, in French, as Landais (women: Landaises).[5]

The department of Landes has a population, in 2012, of 392,884,[2] for a population density of 42.5 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Dax has 215,905 inhabitants and the arrondissement of Mont-de-Marsan, where is the prefecture of the departement, has only 176,979 inhabitants.[4]

The 10 main cities in the department are:

City Population
Mont-de-Marsan 31,018 Mont-de-Marsan
Dax 20,364 Dax
Biscarrosse 13,391 Mont-de-Marsan
Saint-Paul-lès-Dax 13,139 Dax
Tarnos 12,423 Dax
Saint-Pierre-du-Mont 9,225 Mont-de-Marsan
Capbreton 8,238 Dax
Saint-Vincent-de-Tyrosse 7,817 Dax
Soustons 7,398 Dax
Mimizan 7,030 Mont-de-Marsan

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References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Département des Landes (40) - Résumé statistique" (in French). Publications et statistiques pour la France ou les régions. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Populations légales 2012 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  3. "L'Adour (Q---0000)" (in French). SANDRE - Portail national d'accès aux référentiels sur l'eau. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 "Populations lègales 2012 - 40-Landes" (in French). Populations légales 2012 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 12 March 2015.
  5. "Landes (40)" (in French). Retrieved 12 March 2015.

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