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View of Oloron-Sainte-Marie
View of Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Coat of arms of Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Coat of arms
Oloron-Sainte-Marie is located in France
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Oloron-Sainte-Marie is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 43°11′41″N 0°36′20″W / 43.1947°N 0.6056°W / 43.1947; -0.6056Coordinates: 43°11′41″N 0°36′20″W / 43.1947°N 0.6056°W / 43.1947; -0.6056
CantonChief town of 2 cantons
IntercommunalityPiémont Oloronais
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Hervé Lucbereilh
68.31 km2 (26.37 sq mi)
 • Density160/km2 (410/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
64422 /64400
Elevation194–1,380 m (636–4,528 ft)
(avg. 216 m or 709 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.

Oloron-Sainte-Marie is a city and commune in southwestern France in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, of which it is a sub-prefecture.

In 1858, the communes of Saint-Marie-Legugnon and Oloron were combined to make the new commune of Oloron-Sainte-Marie.

Geography[change | change source]

Oloron-Sainte-Marie is situated at the feet of the Pyrénées, 32 km (20 mi) to the south of Pau,50 km (31 mi) from the Spanish border and 100 km (62 mi) from the Atlantic Ocean.

The commune has an area of 68.31 km2 (26.37 sq mi) and its average altitude is 787 m (2,582 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 216 m (709 ft).[1]

Oloron-Sainte-Marie and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Oloron-Sainte-Marie

Through Oloron-Sainte-Marie flows the Gave d'Oloron formed by the confluence of two rivers: the Gave d'Aspe and the Gave d'Ossau that merge to form the Gave d'Oloron. The word gave is a name given to rivers on the mountains in regions of the western Pyrenees.

Population[change | change source]

With a population of 10,794,[2] Oloron-Sainte-Marie has a population density of 158 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Oloron-Sainte-Marie are known, in French, as Oloronais (women: Oloronaises).[3]

Administration[change | change source]

Oloron-Sainte-Marie is a sous-préfecture in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department since 1800. It is also the capital of two cantons:[4]

  1. Oloron-Sainte-Marie-1, formed with a part of Oloron-Sainte-Marie and several communes.
  2. Oloron-Sainte-Marie-2, formed with a part of Oloron-Sainte-Marie and several communes.

Gallery[change | change source]

Twin towns[change | change source]

Oloron-Sainte-Marie is twinned with:[5]

Related pages[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. "City of Oloron-Sainte-Marie". Map-France.com. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  2. "Populations lègales 2013 - 64-Pyrénées-Atlantiques". Populations légales 2013 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  3. "Oloron-Sainte-Marie (64400)" (in French). habitants.fr. Retrieved 11 March 2015.
  4. "Décret n° 2014-248 du 25 février 2014 portant délimitation des cantons dans le département des Pyrénées-Atlantiques" (in French). Légifrance.gouv.fr. Retrieved 6 November 2016.
  5. "Coopération transfrontalière". Ville d'Oloron-Sainte-Marie (in French). Retrieved 1 March 2015.

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