Champagne-Ardenne

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Champagne-Ardenne
Region of France
Flag of Champagne-Ardenne
Flag
Champagne-Ardenne in France.svg
Country  France
Prefecture Châlons-en-Champagne
Departments
Government
 • President Jean-Paul Bachy (PS)
Area
 • Total 25,606 km2 (9,887 sq mi)
Population (2008-01-01)
 • Total 1,334,000
 • Density 52/km2 (130/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-G
GDP (2012)[1] Ranked 17th
Total €37.1 billion (US$47.7 bn)
Per capita €27,813 (US$35,773)
NUTS Region FR2
Website cr-champagne-ardenne.fr

Champagne-Ardenne (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɑ̃paɲ aʁdɛn]) is one of the 27 regions of France. It is located in the northeast of the country, bordering Belgium, and consists of four departments: Aube, Ardennes, Haute-Marne, and Marne. The region is famous for its sparkling white wine (champagne). Its rivers, most of which flow west, include the Seine, the Marne, and the Aisne. The Meuse flows north.

Transportation[edit]

Highways[edit]

Rail[edit]

The rail network includes the Paris–Strasbourg line, which follows the Marne Valley and serves Épernay, Châlons-en-Champagne, and Vitry-le-François. The LGV Est TGV line also connecting Paris and Strasbourg opened in 2007 and serves Reims with a train station in the commune of Bezannes.

Water[edit]

The region's canals include the Canal latéral à la Marne and Marne-Rhine Canal, the latter connecting to the Marne at Vitry-le-François. These are petit gabarit canals.

Air[edit]

The Vatry International Airport, primarily dedicated to air freight, has a runway 3650 m long. The airport is in a sparsely populated area just 150 km from Paris.

See also: Ardennes

Economy[edit]

Vineyard in Champagne-Ardenne.
  • 61.4% of its land is dedicated to agriculture
  • 1st in France for the production of barley and alfalfa
  • 2nd in France for the production of beets, onions, and peas
  • 3rd in France for the production of tender wheat and rapeseed.
  • 282.37 km² of vineyards
  • Champagne sales in 2001: 263 million bottles (4% increase from 2000) of which 37.6% were exported.
  • 25% of French hosiery production
  • 3rd metallurgic region in France

Businesses[edit]

Food processing[edit]

Demographics[edit]

The population of Champagne-Ardenne has been in steady decrease since 1982 due to a rural exodus. With 1.3 million people and a density of 52/km², it is one of France's least populated regions. After a brief period of stabilization in the 1990s, the region's population is now among the fastest "dying" in Europe, with several municipalities losing people at a faster rate than a lot of Eastern European areas, especially in the Haute-Marne department. The region is among the oldest in France, has a weak fertility rate, and its immigrant population, while growing,[citation needed] is still minimal compared to the national average.

Tourism[edit]

Champagne-Ardenne has the following:

Entry in the department of Aube, Champagne-Ardenne.

Visitors often go to Champagne because of its history and its world-famous wine. However, their itineraries diverge when they discover the region's cultural heritage and its cuisine: some visit Troyes and its ancient houses, others visit Langres and its walls, Châlons-en-Champagne and it Cloister, still others visit Épernay, Reims, or Colombey-les-deux-Églises.

Major communities[edit]

Moulin de Valmy dans les champs

References[edit]

See also[edit]

Coat of arms of the ancient county of Champagne.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 49°00′N 4°30′E / 49.000°N 4.500°E / 49.000; 4.500