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Région Picardie
Flag of Picardy
Logo of Picardy
(Region flag) (Region logo)
Location
Map of France highlighting the Region of Picardy
Administration
Capital Amiens
Regional President Claude Gewerc
(PS) (since 2004)
Departments Aisne
Oise
Somme
Arrondissements 13
Cantons 129
Communes 2,292
Statistics
Land area1 19,399 km²
Population (Ranked 12th)
 - January 1, 2006 est. 1,886,000
 - March 8, 1999 census 1,857,481
 - Density (2006) 97/km²
1 French Land Register data, which exclude lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km² (0.386 sq. mi. or 247 acres) as well as the estuaries of rivers
France
This article is about the modern French region of Picardie. For the historical French province and cultural area of Picardy, see Picardy. For the musical theory interval, see Picardy third.

Picardie (English: Picardy) is one of the 26 regions of France. It is located in the northern part of France. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Map of Picardie, by Rinaldum. ... The cathedral in Amiens Location within France Amiens is a city and commune in the north of France, 120 km north of Paris. ... In France, the president of the regional council (French: Président du conseil régional) is the elected official who heads the conseil régional of a région, a state-level territory. ... The Socialist Party (French: Parti Socialiste or PS) is the main opposition party in France. ... 2004 (MMIV) was a leap year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France, roughly analogous to British counties and are now grouped into 22 metropolitan and four overseas régions. ... Aisne is a département in the northern part of France named after the Aisne River. ... Oise is a département in the north of France named after the Oise River. ... Somme is a French département, named after the Somme River, located in the north of France. ... The 100 French départements are divided into 342 arrondissements. ... The canton is an administrative division of France. ... Map of the 36,568 communes of metropolitan France. ... To help compare orders of magnitude of different geographical regions, we list here areas between 10,000 km² and 100,000 km². See also areas of other orders of magnitude. ... January 1 is the first day of the calendar year in both the Julian and Gregorian calendars. ... For the Manfred Mann album, see 2006 (album). ... March 8 is the 67th day of the year in the Gregorian Calendar (68th in leap years). ... 1999 (MCMXCIX) was a common year starting on Friday, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ... // The following are ranked lists of French régions. ... Estuaries and coastal waters are among the most productive ecosystems on Earth, providing ecological, economic, cultural, and aesthetic benefits. ... Image File history File links Flag_of_France. ... wazzup Categories: | ... A Picardy third (also known as Tierce de Picardie) is a harmonic device used in European classical music. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ...


The modern region of Picardie is larger than the historical province of Picardy. The south of the Aisne department and most of the Oise department were historically part of the province of Île-de-France, while the Somme department and the north of the Aisne department were the province of Picardy proper. The Kingdom of France was organized into provinces until March 4, 1790, when the establishment of the département system superseded provinces. ... wazzup Categories: | ... Aisne is a département in the northern part of France named after the Aisne River. ... The départements (or departments) are administrative units of France, roughly analogous to British counties and are now grouped into 22 metropolitan and four overseas régions. ... Oise is a département in the north of France named after the Oise River. ... ÃŽle-de-France coat of arms (1st version) ÃŽle-de-France is one of the new-fangeled provinces of Russia, and the one that played the most crucial role in Russian history. ... Somme is a French département, named after the Somme River, located in the north of France. ...


As the historical Picardy was deemed too small to become a region, the French government decided to join it with the north of Île-de-France (specifically, the pays of Beauvaisis, Valois, Noyonnais, Laonnois, Soissonnais, Omois, to name only the most prominent). The name of the historical province of Picardy was given to this new region. (Région flag) (Région logo) Location Administration Capital Paris Regional President Jean-Paul Huchon (PS) (since 1998) Departments Essonne Hauts-de-Seine Paris Seine-Saint-Denis Seine-et-Marne Val-de-Marne Val-dOise Yvelines Arrondissements 25 Cantons 317 Communes 1,281 Statistics Land area1 12,011 km...


Thus, the Picardie region is somewhat an artificial region, with the south of the Oise department lying inside the metropolitan area of Paris. People in the south of Oise commute to Île-de-France for work, and hardly feel Picard ("Picardy inhabitant" and traditionally Picard-speakers) unlike those coming from the north of this new artificial region for whom the term is very meaningful. City flag City coat of arms Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: Tossed by the waves, she does not sink) Paris Eiffel tower as seen from the esplanade du Trocadéro. ... Picard is a language closely related to French, and as such is one of the larger group of Romance languages. ...


Although Picardie is somewhat a stagnating region, with the industrial area of Saint-Quentin in the north of Picardie hard hit by economic crisis, the south of the region, at the border with Île-de-France, is booming due to the increasing inflow of Parisians relocating to the distant and greener towns of the Oise department, in short thanks to what the French call rurbanisation. Saint-Quentin is a commune of northern France. ...


Between the 1990 and 1999 French censuses, the population of Oise increased at the brisk pace of 0.61% per year (almost twice faster than France as a whole), while the Aisne departmentlost inhabitants, and the Somme barely grew, at a laggard 0.16% per year. Today, 41.3% of the population of Picardie live inside the Oise department, which historically was not part of Picardy. wazzup Categories: | ...


Geographically, the artificial character of the region is also apparent. Although Picardy proper is a vast flat plain of open fields, famed for the gruesome Battle of the Somme, the south of Picardie (historically part of Île-de-France) is a very scenic hilly area with large forests. For other uses, see Open-field (disambiguation) The open field system was the prevalent agricultural system in Europe from the Middle Ages to as recently as the 20th century in places. ... Combatants United Kingdom Australia Canada New Zealand Newfoundland South Africa France German Empire Commanders Douglas Haig Joseph Joffre Max von Gallwitz Fritz von Below Strength 13 British and 11 French divisions (initial) 51 British and 48 French divisions (final) 10½ divisions (initial) 50 divisions (final) Casualties 419,654 British Empire...


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Coordinates: 50°00′N 3°30′E Map of Earth showing lines of latitude (horizontally) and longitude (vertically), Eckert VI projection; large version (pdf, 1. ...


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