Haute-Garonne

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Haute-Garonne
Depairtment
Prefectur biggin o the Haute-Garonne depairtment, in Toulouse

Coat of arms
Location o Haute-Garonne in Fraunce
Coordinates: 43°25′N 1°30′E / 43.417°N 1.500°E / 43.417; 1.500
Kintra Fraunce
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Prefectur Toulouse
Subprefecturs Saint-Gaudens
Muret
Government
 • Preses o the General Cooncil Pierre Izard
Area1
 • Total 6,309 km2 (2,436 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 1,202,920
 • Rank 14t
 • Density 190/km2 (490/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Depairtment nummer 31
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 53
Communes 589
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuars, an lakes, ponds, an glaciers lairger than 1 km2

Haute-Garonne (French pronunciation: [ot ɡaʁɔn]; Occitan: Nauta Garona; Inglis: Upper Garonne) is a depairtment in the soothwast o Fraunce namit efter the Garonne river. Its main ceety is Toulouse.

History[eedit | eedit soorce]

Haute-Garonne is ane o the oreeginal 83 depairtments creatit durin the French Revolution on 4 Mairch 1790. It wis creatit frae pairt o the umwhile province o Languedoc.

The depairtment wis oreeginally lairger. The reduction in its aurie resultit frae an imperial decree datit 21 November 1808 an which establishtd the neebourin depairtment o Tarn-et-Garonne, tae the north. The new depairtment, creatit in response tae the pleadins o various locally pouerful politeecians, teuk territory frae five surroondin depairtments includin Haute-Garonne. The destricts lost tae Tarn-et-Garonne in 1808 wur those o Montech an Castelsarrasin.

Geografie[eedit | eedit soorce]

Haute-Garonne is pairt o the current region o Midi-Pyrénées an is surroondit bi the depairtments o Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers, Tarn-et-Garonne, Tarn, Aude, an Ariège. It borders Spain in the sooth an aw (province o Lleida an province o Huesca).

The depairtment is crossed bi the upper course o the Garonne River (hence the name) for nearly 200 kilometers (120 mi). The borders o the depairtment follae the river. The Garonne enters Fraunce frae Spain at the toun o Fos, goes throu Toulouse an leaves the depairtment The extreme sooth o the depairtment lees in the Pyrenees muntain range an is vera muntainous. The heichest elevation is the Peak of Perdiguère, at 3,222 metres (10,571 ft) abuin sea level.

Politics[eedit | eedit soorce]

The Preses o the General Cooncil is Pierre Izard o the Socialist Pairty.

Pairty seats
Socialist Pairty 43
Union for a Popular Movement 3
Miscellaneous Right 3
Miscellaneous Left 2
Left Radical Pairty 1
French Communist Pairty 1

Demografics[eedit | eedit soorce]

The inhabitants o the depairtment are cried Haut-Garonnais. The greatest population concentration is aroond Toulouse. The sooth o the depairtment is quite spairsely populatit. Mair than a million fowk inhabitit the depairtment at the last census in 1999. Young fowk are well representit wi 55% o the population unner the age o 40 an o those, 16% are atween the ages o 20 an 29. This is acause Toulouse is a varsity toun.

The lairgest touns are:

Commune Population (1999) Commune Population (1999)
Toulouse 390,350 Colomiers 28,538
Tournefeuille 22,758 Muret 20,735
Blagnac 20,586 Plaisance-du-Touch 14,164
Cugnaux 12,997 L'Union 12,141
Balma 11,944 Ramonville-Saint-Agne 11,696
Saint-Orens-de-Gameville 11,142 Saint-Gaudens 10,845
Castanet-Tolosan 10,250 Portet-sur-Garonne 8,737
Saint-Jean 8,362 Villeneuve-Tolosane 8,252
Revel 7,985 Castelginest 7,735
Pibrac 7,440 Fonsorbes 6,909

Tourism[eedit | eedit soorce]

Winter Sports[eedit | eedit soorce]

The department haes fower ski resorts.

  • Peyragudes (1600 m -2450 m), 55 km o slopes
  • Luchon-Superbagnères (1440 m - 2260 m), 30 km o slopes
  • Le Mourtis (1380 m - 1816 m), 22 km o slopes
  • Bourg-d'Oueil (1350 m - 1500 m)

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