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The "Etang d'Appy" in Summer
The "Etang d'Appy" in Summer
Appy is located in France
Coordinates: 42°47′29″N 1°44′02″E / 42.7914°N 1.7339°E / 42.7914; 1.7339Coordinates: 42°47′29″N 1°44′02″E / 42.7914°N 1.7339°E / 42.7914; 1.7339
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Foix
Canton Haute-Ariège
Intercommunality Vallées d'Ax
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Yves Huez
Area1 6.1 km2 (2.4 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 27
 • Density 4.4/km2 (11/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09012 /09250
Elevation 744–2,168 m (2,441–7,113 ft)
(avg. 930 m or 3,050 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.

Appy is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of southwestern France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Pynarols or Pynaroles[1]


Appy is located some 15 km south-east of Tarascon-sur-Ariège and 12 km north-west of Ax-les-Thermes. Access is by the D20 road from Axiat in the east passing through the village and continuing to Caychax in the west. Appy is a remote mountainous commune, heavily forested in the south and west, with the rest alpine terrain.[2]

In the north of the commune is the Etang d'Appy from which flows the Ruisseau de Lac d'Appy towards the south-west to join the Ruisseau de Caychax which joins the Ariège at Albiès. The eastern boundary of the commune is formed by the Ruisseau de Girabel which flows south joining with other streams to join the Ariege at Urs. The Ruisseau de Camelong rises north of the village and flows south-east to join the Ruisseau de la Cassagne.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2020 Yves Huez

(Not all data is known)


The village became almost uninhabited, so much so that there was a period of 64 years without a marriage: there was a marriage in 1946 then one in 2010 which was the subject of an article in La Dépêche du Midi.[4]

In 2009 the commune had 27 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1793. From the 21st century, a census of communes with fewer than 10,000 inhabitants is held every five years, unlike larger towns that have a sample survey every year.[Note 1]

Population change (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1821 1831 1836 1841 1846 1851
178 188 202 235 236 227 215 224 224
1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
165 148 141 128 134 125 126 124 106
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
100 97 100 82 77 65 70 58 49
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2009 -
34 27 20 14 7 9 21 27 -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006)

The "Etang d'Appy" in winter
The "Col de l'Etang d'Appy
Population of Appy

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  1. ^ At the beginning of the 21st century, the methods of identification have been modified by Law No. 2002-276 of 27 February 2002 Archived 6 March 2016 at the Wayback Machine., the so-called "law of local democracy" and in particular Title V "census operations" allows, after a transitional period running from 2004 to 2008, the annual publication of the legal population of the different French administrative districts. For communes with a population greater than 10,000 inhabitants, a sample survey is conducted annually, the entire territory of these communes is taken into account at the end of the period of five years. The first "legal population" after 1999 under this new law came into force on 1 January 2009 and was based on the census of 2006.