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Coat of arms of Soissons
Coat of arms
Soissons is located in France
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Soissons is located in Hauts-de-France
Coordinates: 49°13′31″N 3°11′33″E / 49.2254°N 3.1925°E / 49.2254; 3.1925Coordinates: 49°13′31″N 3°11′33″E / 49.2254°N 3.1925°E / 49.2254; 3.1925
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Department Aisne
Area1 12.32 km2 (4.76 sq mi)
Population (2012)2 28,309
 • Density 2,300/km2 (6,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 02722 /02200
Elevation 38–130 m (125–427 ft)
(avg. 55 m or 180 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.

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.