Courrières

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Courrières
Courrières is located in France
Courrières
Courrières
Coordinates: 50°27′31″N 2°56′53″E / 50.4586°N 2.9481°E / 50.4586; 2.9481Coordinates: 50°27′31″N 2°56′53″E / 50.4586°N 2.9481°E / 50.4586; 2.9481
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Lens
Canton Courrières
Intercommunality Communauté d'agglomération d'Hénin-Carvin
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Christophe Pilch
Area
 • Land1 8.63 km2 (3.33 sq mi)
Population (2004)
 • Population2 10,682
 • Population2 density 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62250 / 62710
Elevation 22–38 m (72–125 ft)
(avg. 25 m or 82 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.

Courrières is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.

Geography[edit]

An ex-coalmining commune, now a light industrial and farming town, situated some 7 miles (11.3 km) northeast of Lens, at the junction of the D46 and D919 roads and next to the A1 autoroute. The Lens canal and the canalized Deule river forms threequarters of the borders of the commune.

Nearest communes[edit]

History[edit]

The history of the area remains marked by the Courrières mine disaster which resulted in 1,099 deaths on 10 March 1906. All the regions' coalmines were closed by 1970.

Population[edit]

Historical population of Courrières
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2004
Population 7738 9296 12491 12612 11376 10588 10682
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Notable people[edit]

Places of interest[edit]

  • The sports centre Centre Sportif.
  • A forest north of Courrières.
  • The church of St.Piat, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns — Sister cities[edit]

Courrières is twinned with:

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