Digne-les-Bains

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Digne-les-Bains
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Coat of arms of Digne-les-Bains
Coat of arms
Digne-les-Bains is located in France
Digne-les-Bains
Digne-les-Bains
Coordinates: 44°05′36″N 6°14′11″E / 44.0933°N 6.2364°E / 44.0933; 6.2364Coordinates: 44°05′36″N 6°14′11″E / 44.0933°N 6.2364°E / 44.0933; 6.2364
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Arrondissement Digne-les-Bains
Intercommunality Trois Vallées
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Serge Gloaguen
Area1 117.07 km2 (45.20 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 17,268
 • Density 150/km2 (380/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 04070 / 04000
Elevation 524–1,731 m (1,719–5,679 ft)
(avg. 608 m or 1,995 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.

Digne-les-Bains (French: [diɲ le bɛ̃]) or simply and historically Digne (Occitan: Dinha (dei Banhs) in classical norm or Digno in Mistralian norm) is a commune of France, capital of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence department.

History[edit]

Digne-les-Bains dates back to the Neolithic era and became a frequent commercial stop during the Roman era. Since then, the commune has been noted for being a primary center of the lavender trade.

Geography[edit]

The Bléone flows southwest through the middle of the commune and crosses the town; it forms part of the commune's northeastern and southwestern borders.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1471 200 —    
1716 2,890 +1345.0%
1765 3,204 +10.9%
1793 3,180 −0.7%
1806 3,362 +5.7%
1821 3,621 +7.7%
1831 3,932 +8.6%
1836 6,365 +61.9%
1841 4,572 −28.2%
1846 4,942 +8.1%
1851 4,781 −3.3%
1856 5,421 +13.4%
1861 6,485 +19.6%
1866 7,002 +8.0%
1872 6,877 −1.8%
1876 7,222 +5.0%
1881 6,771 −6.2%
1886 7,083 +4.6%
1891 7,261 +2.5%
1896 7,276 +0.2%
1901 7,238 −0.5%
1906 7,456 +3.0%
1911 7,317 −1.9%
1921 6,302 −13.9%
1926 6,737 +6.9%
1931 7,051 +4.7%
1936 7,623 +8.1%
1946 9,342 +22.6%
1954 10,436 +11.7%
1962 12,460 +19.4%
1968 14,661 +17.7%
1975 15,416 +5.1%
1982 15,149 −1.7%
1990 16,087 +6.2%
1999 16,064 −0.1%
2008 17,268 +7.5%

Cultural references[edit]

Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables begins in Digne. It is here that the protagonist, ex-convict Jean Valjean, is inspired by a kindly bishop to turn his life around. The asteroid 10088 Digne was named after the town by its discoverer, Belgian astronomer Eric Walter Elst.

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International relations[edit]

Digne is twinned with:

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