"The French départements I (01-33)" France Local Custom Tip by Mikebond

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The départements are probably the most important administrative division of France. Actually, if you ask to French people "Where are you from?", they'll answer with the name or the number of the département they come from. So, you will often hear "Je viens du Calvados" or "Je viens du 92" instead of the name of the town or region.
You find these numbers also on car plates (but now it must have changed) and at the beginning of postal codes.

Here are they, listed by number with their capital town and the region they are located in:

01 Ain (Bourg-en-Bresse, Rhône-Alpes)
02 Aisne (Laon, Picardie)
03 Allier (Moulins, Auvergne)
04 Alpes de Haute-Provence (Digne, PACA)
05 Alpes, Hautes- (Gap, PACA)
06 Alpes-Maritimes (Nice, PACA)
07 Ardèche (Privas, Rhône-Alpes)
08 Ardennes (Charleville-Mézières, Champagne-Ardennes)
09 Ariège (Foix, Midi-Pyrénées)
10 Aube (Troyes, Champagne-Ardennes)
11 Aude (Carcassonne, Languedoc-Roussillon)
12 Aveyron (Rodez, Midi-Pyrénées)
13 Bouches-du-Rhône (Marseille, PACA)
14 Calvados (Caen, Basse-Normandie)
15 Cantal (Aurillac, Auvergne)
16 Charente (Angoulême, Poitou-Charentes)
17 Charente-Maritime (La Rochelle, Poitou-Charentes)
18 Cher (Bourges, Centre)
19 Corrèze (Tulle, Limousin)
2A Corse-du-Sud (Ajaccio, Corse)
2B Corse, Haute- (Bastia, Corse)
21 Côte-d'Or (Dijon, Bourgogne)
22 Côtes-d'Armor (Saint-Brieuc, Bretagne)
23 Creuse (Guéret, Limousin)
24 Dordogne (Périgueux, Aquitaine)
25 Doubs (Besançon, Franche-Comté)
26 Drôme (Valence, Rhône-Alpes)
27 Eure (Evreux, Haute-Normandie)
28 Eure-et-Loir (Chartres, Centre)
29 Finistère (Quimper, Bretagne)
30 Gard (Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon)
31 Garonne, Haute- (Toulouse, Midi-Pyrénées)
32 Gers (Auch, Midi-Pyrénées)
33 Gironde (Bordeaux, Aquitaine)

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  • Updated Jun 3, 2006
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