Saint-Véran

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Saint-Véran
A view within Saint-Véran, in August 2008
A view within Saint-Véran, in August 2008
Coat of arms of Saint-Véran
Coat of arms
Location of Saint-Véran
Saint-Véran is located in France
Saint-Véran
Saint-Véran
Saint-Véran is located in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Saint-Véran
Saint-Véran
Coordinates: 44°42′03″N 6°52′09″E / 44.7008°N 6.8692°E / 44.7008; 6.8692Coordinates: 44°42′03″N 6°52′09″E / 44.7008°N 6.8692°E / 44.7008; 6.8692
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
DepartmentHautes-Alpes
ArrondissementBriançon
CantonGuillestre
IntercommunalityQueyras
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Danielle Guignard
Area
1
44.75 km2 (17.28 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
243
 • Density5.4/km2 (14/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
05157 /05350
Elevation1,756–3,175 m (5,761–10,417 ft)
(avg. 2,040 m or 6,690 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Saint-Véran (occitan : Sant-Veran [ˈsã vˈʀã]) is a commune in the Hautes-Alpes department in southeastern France in the Queyras Regional Natural Park.

Geography[edit]

Saint-Véran, located in the French Alps, is the most elevated commune in France.[2] It is the third highest village in Europe, after Trepalle in Italy and Juf in Switzerland.

The permanent population is around 300 but swells with tourists in both summer and winter. In addition to tourism the main activities are agriculture and woodcraft.

Name[edit]

The village is named after Saint Véran, 6th century Bishop of Cavaillon who in legend drove away a dragon.

The Observatoire de Saint-Véran was constructed nearby by the Observatoire de Paris in the early 1970s.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
1962236—    
1968220−6.8%
1975232+5.5%
1982275+18.5%
1990257−6.5%
1999267+3.9%
2008282+5.6%

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ Page 505, Chapter Hautes Alpes, book France, Collection Guide vert, publisher Le Michelin, 2009

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