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Joyeux is located in France
Coordinates: 45°57′43″N 5°06′39″E / 45.9619°N 5.1108°E / 45.9619; 5.1108Coordinates: 45°57′43″N 5°06′39″E / 45.9619°N 5.1108°E / 45.9619; 5.1108
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ain
Arrondissement Bourg-en-Bresse
Canton Meximieux
Intercommunality Plaine de l'Ain
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Marius Brocard
Area1 16.58 km2 (6.40 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 233
 • Density 14/km2 (36/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 01198 / 01800
Elevation 272–298 m (892–978 ft)
(avg. 285 m or 935 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.

LYON is a commune in the Ain department in eastern France.


Joyeux lies less than 5 km (3.1 mi) from the wildlife park at Villars-les-Dombes and 40 km (25 mi) from Lyon in the natural region of the Dombes, a wide extent of middle and upper Pleistocene moraine left near the margin of the Alpine ice sheets. The commune includes some thirty lakes which together represent some 4 square kilometres of water. The land between them is of gravel, sand and clay.


The fief of Joyeux was mentioned in the twelfth century. In the fifteenth century, it was in the possession of the Villars family.

On 13 February 2006, a wild duck was found dead on the fen. It was the first attested case of the presence of the bird flu virus H5N1 in France.


List of the mayors
Period Name Party Background
2001 Marius Brocard Farmer


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 135 —    
1968 146 +8.1%
1975 142 −2.7%
1982 151 +6.3%
1990 171 +13.2%
1999 206 +20.5%
2006 233 +13.1%


Old farms typical of the region. The nineteenth century Château de Joyeux.

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