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Rabodanges lake on the Orne River
Rabodanges lake on the Orne River
Rabodanges is located in France
Coordinates: 48°48′02″N 0°16′56″W / 48.8006°N 0.2822°W / 48.8006; -0.2822Coordinates: 48°48′02″N 0°16′56″W / 48.8006°N 0.2822°W / 48.8006; -0.2822
Country France
Region Lower Normandy
Department Orne
Arrondissement Argentan
Canton Putanges-Pont-Écrepin
Intercommunality Community of communes of the Val d'Orne
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Yvette Ruban
Area1 9.32 km2 (3.60 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 166
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 61340 / 61210
Elevation 70–241 m (230–791 ft)
(avg. 800 m or 2,600 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.

Rabodanges is a commune in the Orne department of the Basse-Normandie region of north-western France.


  • The former name of the parish was "Culley-sur-Orne" (until 1650).
  • The name "Rabodanges" is a corruption of "Rabodinghes" — a fief situated in Artois close to Saint-Omer — from where the manorial family which also owned the land of Culley-sur-Orne originated; the title of nobility was raised to "Marquis de Rabodanges" by King Louis XIV. The last representative of this family, established in Normandy since the 16th century, died without issue in 1792.


Since March 2008, the Mayor of Rabodanges has been Yvette Ruban, who is politically independent.


Historical population of Rabodanges
(Source: INSEE[1])
Year 1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2007
Population 250 217 170 168 149 157 167
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Places of interest[edit]

  • Its chateau built in the classical style (open for visits)
  • Rabodanges is also known for its lake, on which one can water-ski.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Rabodanges sur le site de l'Insee