L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre

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L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre
A general view of L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre
A general view of L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre
L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre is located in France
L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre
L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre
Coordinates: 42°35′30″N 1°48′14″E / 42.5917°N 1.8039°E / 42.5917; 1.8039Coordinates: 42°35′30″N 1°48′14″E / 42.5917°N 1.8039°E / 42.5917; 1.8039
Country France
Region Midi-Pyrénées
Department Ariège
Arrondissement Foix
Canton Ax-les-Thermes
Intercommunality Vallées d'Ax
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Arnaud Diaz
Area1 26.12 km2 (10.08 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 89
 • Density 3.4/km2 (8.8/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 09139 / 09390
Elevation 1,279–2,816 m (4,196–9,239 ft)
(avg. 1,446 m or 4,744 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.

L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre is a commune in the Ariège department of southwestern France. L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre literally translates to "The Hospital Near Andorra".

The area has a history of vulnerability to winter avalanches: one such in 1895 killed 12 (nearly 10% of the commune's population at the time), and much destruction was also caused in 1906 and 1929.[1][2] Avalanches have from time to time cut the N20, the main road through the commune, the most recent case being in 2008.[3]

Transport[edit]

The Gare d'Andorre - L'Hospitalet – served by TER Midi-Pyrénées regional trains between Toulouse and Latour-de-Carol and the overnight Intercités de nuit service between Paris and Latour-de-Carol – is an important international transport node for the nearby principality of Andorra, to which the station is connected by a bus link.

Local government[edit]

The village has a Mairie from which local government is organised. There is an elected mayor. The office is currently held by Arnaud Diaz.

Interior of the parish church at L'Hospitalet-près-l'Andorre.

Community facilities[edit]

There is a hotel in the village centre, the Hôtel du Puymorens, which has both a bar and a restaurant open to non-residents, and available to local residents. There is also a small guest house in the main street, operated as part of the French Gîtes system, with a small shop for essential supplies. There are few businesses trading in the village, although there is a small engineering company. There is a primary school, whose buildings include a residential youth centre for visiting groups. A school bus visits L'Hospitalet daily to transport older children to secondary school.

Religion[edit]

Roman Catholicism is the only organised religion in the community. There is a parish church, with churchyard, in the main street. Although the village has no resident priest, services are held regularly.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 129 —    
1968 161 +24.8%
1975 186 +15.5%
1982 171 −8.1%
1990 146 −14.6%
1999 166 +13.7%
2008 89 −46.4%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Risques avalanches [1]. (French)
  2. ^ Notice sur les avalanches constatées et leur environnement, [2] (French)
  3. ^ L'Hospitalet. La RN 20 coupée à cause d'une avalanche, 17 Dec 2008. [3]. (French)