Lys, Pyrénées-Atlantiques

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Lys
Location of Lys
Lys is located in France
Lys
Lys
Lys is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Lys
Lys
Coordinates: 43°07′52″N 0°21′06″W / 43.1311°N 0.3517°W / 43.1311; -0.3517Coordinates: 43°07′52″N 0°21′06″W / 43.1311°N 0.3517°W / 43.1311; -0.3517
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
DepartmentPyrénées-Atlantiques
ArrondissementOloron-Sainte-Marie
CantonOloron-Sainte-Marie-2
IntercommunalityCommunauté de communes de la Vallée d'Ossau
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Francis Laur
Area
1
15.40 km2 (5.95 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
343
 • Density22/km2 (58/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
64363 /64260
Elevation304–510 m (997–1,673 ft)
(avg. 424 m or 1,391 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Lys is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in southwestern France.

Geography[edit]

Hydrography[edit]

The town is bisected by a tributary of the Gave de Pau, the Luz Creek (15.2 km in France) and its tributaries:

  • The Gest Brook (14.8 km in France) and its tributary:
    • The Herran stream
  • The Luz de Casalis brook

A tributary of the Beez (which in itself is a tributary of the Gave de Pau) also runs through the town: the Landistou Creek (12.5 km in France) and its tributaries:

  • The Betbeder stream
  • The Bonnasserre stream
  • The Chourrup stream
  • The Lazerau stream
  • The Lespereu stream

The town is also traversed by the stream of the Fountain Mesplé, and its tributary, the stream of Subercase.

Localities and Hamlets[edit]

  • lou Boscq
  • Vic de Hoges de Baix
  • Vic de Hoges de Haut
  • Vic de Lis de Baix
  • Vic de Lis de Haut

Surrounding Communities[edit]

Toponymy[edit]

The name Lys appears as Lis-Sainte-Colomme (Lily Saint Colomme) from the 1721 census. The name comes from Gascony, and means 'flat land'.

History[edit]

Lys was formerly an annex of Sainte-Colome until it acquired municipality status on January 2, 1858.

Government[edit]

Francis Laur has served as mayor since 1995, and is currently serving his third term, which will last until 2014.

Intermunicipal[edit]

The town is part of six intercommunal structures:

  • Communauté de communes de la Vallée d'Ossau (The Municipality of the Ossau Valley)
  • Syndicat de la perception d'Arudy
  • Municipal association for the management of the Beez and Ouzom watersheds.
  • Municipal association for the construction of the CES of Nay
  • Ossau Valley water union
  • Lower Ossau electric union

Population[edit]

1856 1861 1866 1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896
-
1080 1070 1084 1040 962 985 998 924
1901 1906 1911 1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954
916 908 856 685 657 622 621 564 526
1962 1968 1975 1982 1990 1999 2006 2007
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518 450 430 412 376 348 353 354
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Economy[edit]

The town's economy is primarily oriented toward agriculture and livestock (sheep, cattle, pigs, mules).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.