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A general view of Arrien-en-Bethmale
A general view of Arrien-en-Bethmale
Arrien-en-Bethmale is located in France
Coordinates: 42°53′51″N 1°02′32″E / 42.8975°N 1.0422°E / 42.8975; 1.0422Coordinates: 42°53′51″N 1°02′32″E / 42.8975°N 1.0422°E / 42.8975; 1.0422
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Saint-Girons
Canton Couserans Ouest
Intercommunality Castillonnais
 • Mayor (2008–2020) Gérard Pons
Area1 14.59 km2 (5.63 sq mi)
Population (2010)2 101
 • Density 6.9/km2 (18/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 09017 /09800
Elevation 598–2,085 m (1,962–6,841 ft)
(avg. 620 m or 2,030 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.

Arrien-en-Bethmale is a commune in the Ariège department in the Occitanie region of south-western France.

The inhabitants of the commune are known as Arrienois or Arrienoises[1]


Arrien-en-Bethmale consists of the villages of Aret, Arrian, Tournac, and Villargein, all located in the Pyrenees mountains in the Bethmale valley in the former province of Couserans some 12 km south-west of Saint-Girons and 3 km south of Castillon-en-Couserans. It is part of the Regional Natural Park of Pyrenees Ariège. Access to the commune is by the D17 road from Les Bordes-sur-Lez in the north-west passing through the commune and the village and continuing south-east to Bethmale. The commune is a rugged alpine commune heavily forested in many parts.[2]

The Ruisseau de Cournelliere and the De Leaude rise north-east of the village and flow down to the south-west to join the Balamet river which flows down the valley to join the Lez north-west of the commune just south of Les Bordes-sur-Lez. The Ruisseau de Mourtis flows through the south of the commune also into the Lez.[2]

Neighbouring communes and villages[2][edit]


The commune was created on 18 February 1931 when it separated from the current commune of Bethmale.

Arrien-en-Bethmale has a very ancient history, as evidenced by the discovery of a funerary inscription dating probably from the 1st century.


List of Successive Mayors[3]

From To Name Party Position
2001 2008 Robert Soubie
2008 2020 Gérard Pons

(Not all data is known)


In 2010 the commune had 101 inhabitants. The evolution of the number of inhabitants is known from the population censuses conducted in the commune since 1931. 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)
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
- - - - - 551 430 358 273
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2010 -
242 186 143 89 89 110 - 101 -

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

A Street in Arrien-en-Bethmale
The Lavoir (Public Laundry)
The Church
Population of Arrien-en-Bethmale
Funerary inscription of Fuscus (1st century) found in Arrien-en-Bethmale

Culture and heritage[edit]

Religious heritage[edit]

The Church contains several items that are registered as historical objects:

Notable people linked to the commune[edit]

  • Roman Caramalli as monk for the Parish from 1999 to 2005 contributed to the recognition of the commune by promoting local culture.

See also[edit]

External links[edit]

Notes and references[edit]


  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.


  1. ^ Inhabitants of Ariège (in French)
  2. ^ a b c Google Maps
  3. ^ List of Mayors of France (in French)
  4. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000032 Altar, Retable, Tabernacle, 3 Statues, and a Painting (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  5. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000031 2 Candlesticks (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  6. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000030 Altar, Retable, Tabernacle, 2 Paintings, and 2 Bas-Reliefs (in French)Camera aabb.svg
  7. ^ Ministry of Culture, Palissy PM09000029 Altar, Retable, Tabernacle, 3 Statues, and a Painting (in French)Camera aabb.svg