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Prefecture building of the Vienne department, in Poitiers

Coat of arms
Location of Vienne in France
Coordinates: 46°30′N 00°30′E / 46.5, 0.5Coordinates: 46°30′N 00°30′E / 46.5, 0.5
Country France
Region Poitou-Charentes
Prefecture Poitiers
Subprefectures Châtellerault
 • President of the General Council Claude Bertaud
 • Total 6,990 km2 (2,700 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 421,891
 • Rank 56th
 • Density 60/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 86
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 38
Communes 281
^1  French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Vienne (French pronunciation: [vjɛn]) is a department in the Poitou-Charentes region of France named after the river Vienne.


Vienne is one of the original 83 departments, established on March 4, 1790 during the French Revolution. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Poitou, Touraine, and Berry. The original Acadians who settled in Nova Scotia and what is today other maritime provinces of Canada, left Vienne for North America after 1604.


Goat cheese making is an important industry of Vienne.

Tourism and sights[]

The most famous tourist sites include the Futuroscope theme park, Poitiers (city of Art and History), the Abbey Church of Saint-Savin-sur-Gartempe, a UNESCO world heritage site, the animal parks of Monkey's Valley in Romagne & the Crocodile Planet in Civaux.

International relations[]

Twin towns, Sister cities & Partnership cities[]

Vienne has a partnership relationship with:

  • Germany Esslingen am Neckar, Germany
  • United Kingdom Neath Port Talbot, United Kingdom[1]
  • Finland Oulu[2]
  • Poland Piotrków Trybunalski, Poland


See also[]

  • Communes of the Vienne department
  • Cantons of the Vienne department
  • Arrondissements of the Vienne department
  • Anjou wine


  1. ^ "Neath Port Talbot Twin Towns". Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council. Retrieved 2013-08-22. 
  2. ^ "Partneri- ja kummikaupungit (Partnership and twinning cities)" (in Finnish). Oulun kaupunki (City of Oulu). Retrieved 2013-07-27. 
  3. ^ 友好城市 (Friendly cities), 市外办 (Foreign Affairs Office), 2008-03-22. (Translation by Google Translate.)
  4. ^ 国际友好城市一览表 (International Friendship Cities List), 2011-01-20. (Translation by Google Translate.)
  5. ^ 友好交流 (Friendly exchanges), 2011-09-13. (Translation by Google Translate.)

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