Courbevoie

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Courbevoie
Night view of La Défense in the south of Courbevoie
Night view of La Défense in the south of Courbevoie
Coat of arms of Courbevoie
Coat of arms
Paris and inner ring départements
Paris and inner ring départements
Coordinates: 48°53′52″N 2°15′11″E / 48.8978°N 2.2531°E / 48.8978; 2.2531Coordinates: 48°53′52″N 2°15′11″E / 48.8978°N 2.2531°E / 48.8978; 2.2531
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Hauts-de-Seine
Arrondissement Nanterre
Canton 2 cantons
Government
 • Mayor Jacques Kossowski
Area
 • Land1 4.17 km2 (1.61 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 85,716
 • Population2 density 21,000/km2 (53,000/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 92026 / 92400
Elevation 25–56 m (82–184 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Courbevoie (French pronunciation: ​[kuʁ.bə.vwa]) is a commune located very close to the centre of Paris, France. The centre of Courbevoie is situated 2 kilometres from the outer limits of Paris and 8.2 km. (5.1 miles) from the center of Paris.

It is one of the most densely populated municipalities in Europe, and ranks as the third-best place to live in the Île-de-France region, directly after the neighbouring communes of Levallois-Perret and Neuilly-sur-Seine.[1]

La Défense, Paris's business district hosting the tallest buildings in the metropolitan area, spreads over the southern part of Courbevoie (as well as parts of Puteaux and Nanterre).

Name[edit]

The name Courbevoie comes from Latin Curva Via and means "curved highway", allegedly in reference to a Roman road from Paris to Normandy which made a sharp turn to climb the hill over which Courbevoie was built.

History[edit]

Administration[edit]

Courbevoie is divided into two cantons:

Transport[edit]

Courbevoie is served by two stations on the Transilien Paris – Saint-Lazare suburban rail line: Courbevoie and Bécon-les-Bruyères.

Courbevoie is also served by Esplanade de La Défense station on Paris Métro Line 1, in the business district of La Défense.

There are also a large number of city buses that come through the bustling La Défense station.

When it comes to air transportation, Courbevoie can be served by Paris's Charles de Gaulle Airport as well as Paris-Orly to the south and Beauvais Airport to the north.

Personalities[edit]


International relations[edit]

Courbevoie is twinned with:

Mayors of Courbevoie[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Immigration[edit]

Place of birth of residents of Courbevoie in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
80.0% 20.0%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
1.1% 3.8% 3.4% 11.7%
¹This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as pieds-noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France as of 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.
²An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.

Economy[edit]

Total S.A. has its head office in the Tour Total in La Défense and in Courbevoie.[2] Areva has its head office in the Tour Areva in Courbevoie.[3] Saint-Gobain also has its head office in Courbevoie.[4]

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "L'Encyclopédie des Villes de France." Le Journal du Net, INSEE, Seloger.com, Habitants.fr. Retrieved on December 21, 2010.
  2. ^ "Total: Main indicators." Reuters. Thursday October 15, 2009. Retrieved on October 19, 2009.
  3. ^ "Legal Notice." Areva. Retrieved on 21 June 2010.
  4. ^ "Legal notice." Saint-Gobain. Retrieved on 7 July 2010.

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