|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean-Claude Wambst (Socialist Party)|
|• Land1||38.38 km2 (14.82 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||660/km2 (1,700/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||39198 / 39100|
|Elevation||196–341 m (643–1,119 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.
Dole (pronunciation: [dɔl], sometimes wrongly pronounced [dol], probably due to the incorrect orthography "Dôle" sometimes encountered) is a commune in the Jura department in the Franche-Comté region in eastern France, of which it is a subprefecture (sous-préfecture).
Dole was the capital of Franche-Comté until Louis XIV conquered the region; he shifted the parlement from Dole to Besançon. The university, founded by Philip the Good of Burgundy in 1422, was also transferred to Besançon at that time.
The 1995 film, Happiness Is in the Field, was set in Dole.
Dole is located on the Doubs River. The commune has a land area of 38.38 km² (14.82 sq mi).
It is the largest commune in Jura, although the préfecture is Lons-le-Saunier.
- Simon Bernard (28 April 1779 – 5 November 1839)- Napoleonic aide de camp and notable engineer in the United States.
- Marie Émile Antoine Béthouart (17 December 1889 – 17 October 1982), soldier.
- Louis Pasteur (December 27, 1822 – September 28, 1895), microbiologist and chemist
- Suzanne Douvillier, pioneer dancer and choreographer, born in Dole
Dole is sister city to the following cities in four countries:
- Lahr, Baden-Württemberg, Germany since 1962
- Northwich, Cheshire, England
- Tábor, Czech Republic
- Carlow, Ireland
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