Sournia

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Sournia
Sornian
Commune
A general view of Sournia
A general view of Sournia
Coat of arms of Sournia
Coat of arms
Sournia is located in France
Sournia
Sournia
Location within Occitanie region
Sournia is located in Occitanie
Sournia
Sournia
Coordinates: 42°43′43″N 2°26′34″E / 42.7286°N 2.4428°E / 42.7286; 2.4428Coordinates: 42°43′43″N 2°26′34″E / 42.7286°N 2.4428°E / 42.7286; 2.4428
Country France
Region Occitanie
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Prades
Canton La Vallée de l'Agly
Government
 • Mayor (2001–2008) Paul Blanc
Area1 29.99 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 367
 • Density 12/km2 (32/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 66198 /66730
Elevation 380–1,234 m (1,247–4,049 ft)
(avg. 500 m or 1,600 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.

Sournia (Sornian in the Occitan language) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in the Occitanie region of south-western France. Its inhabitants are known as Sourniannais.

Geography[edit]

Sournia is a town of the Fenouillèdes, the languedocienne part of the Pyrénées-Orientales, in the canton of La Vallée de l'Agly and in the arrondissement of Prades. The river Désix runs through the village. Sournia is 22 km from Ille-sur-Têt and from Vinça, 24 km from Prades and from Saint-Paul-de-Fenouillet, 30 km from Latour-de-France and 34 km from Axat.
The commune is covered by the quality wine standard AOC 'Côtes-du-Roussillon'.
Sournia is crossed by the long distance footpath, GR 36.

Map of Sournia and its surrounding communes

Administration[edit]

The current mayor of Sournia is Paul Blanc, a senator, of the centre-right and right wing party UMP founded by Jacques Chirac.

Population[edit]

The population of Sournia in 2013 was 501 people.

Graph of population change 1794-1999

Population 1962-2008

For some reason at the end of the 19th century, the population of Sournia seemed to have a reputation for having one of the longest longevity in France, even though this fact was not clearly verified.[1]

Places of interest[edit]

  • Ruins of the former church of Saint-Michel from the tenth century.
  • The ancient church of Sainte-Félicité from the tenth and eleventh centuries.
  • Church of Arsa from the twelfth century.

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