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Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is located in France
Coordinates: 49°38′20″N 1°37′30″W / 49.639°N 1.625°W / 49.639; -1.625Coordinates: 49°38′20″N 1°37′30″W / 49.639°N 1.625°W / 49.639; -1.625
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Cherbourg
Canton 6 cantons
 • Mayor (2016-2020) Benoît Arrivé
Area1 68.54 km2 (26.46 sq mi)
Population (2013)2 80,978
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50129 / 50100

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.

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin (French pronunciation: ​[ʃɛʁbuʁ ɑ̃ kotɑ̃tɛ̃]) is a commune in the department of Manche, in northwestern France, established on 1 January 2016.[1] The commune takes its name from Cherbourg, the main town of the commune, and the Cotentin Peninsula. Cherbourg is an important commercial, ferry and military port on the English Channel.


The municipality was established on 1 January 2016 by merger of the former communes of Cherbourg-Octeville, Équeurdreville-Hainneville, La Glacerie, Querqueville and Tourlaville.[1] The seat of the commune is in Cherbourg. Cherbourg-Octeville was established on 28 February 2000 by merger of the former communes of Cherbourg and Octeville.[2]

Cherbourg-en-Cotentin is part of the arrondissement of Cherbourg, and of 6 cantons: Cherbourg-Octeville-1, Cherbourg-Octeville-2, Cherbourg-Octeville-3, Équeurdreville-Hainneville, La Hague and Tourlaville.[1]


  1. ^ a b c Arrêté préfectoral 1 December 2015 (French)
  2. ^ Décret 23 February 2000 (French)

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