Sournia

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Sournia

Sornià
Sornhan
A general view of Sournia
A general view of Sournia
Coat of arms of Sournia
Coat of arms
Location of Sournia
Sournia is located in France
Sournia
Sournia
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
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentPyrénées-Orientales
ArrondissementPrades
CantonLa Vallée de l'Agly
Government
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Yvon Crambes
Area
1
29.99 km2 (11.58 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
497
 • Density17/km2 (43/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
66198 /66730
Elevation380–1,234 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.

Sournia (French pronunciation: [suʁnja] (About this soundlisten); Catalan: Sornià; Occitan: Sornhan) 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 2017 was 498 people. 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.[2]

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 761—    
1800 814+0.97%
1806 812−0.04%
1821 882+0.55%
1831 929+0.52%
1836 957+0.60%
1841 933−0.51%
1846 945+0.26%
1851 1,073+2.57%
1856 1,006−1.28%
1861 950−1.14%
1866 921−0.62%
1872 885−0.66%
1876 850−1.00%
1881 765−2.09%
1886 725−1.07%
1891 686−1.10%
1896 634−1.56%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1901 604−0.96%
1906 604+0.00%
1911 583−0.71%
1921 463−2.28%
1926 410−2.40%
1931 424+0.67%
1936 389−1.71%
1946 382−0.18%
1954 347−1.19%
1962 351+0.14%
1968 339−0.58%
1975 296−1.92%
1982 339+1.96%
1990 376+1.30%
1999 367−0.27%
2007 419+1.67%
2012 494+3.35%
2017 498+0.16%
Source: EHESS[3] and INSEE (1968-2017)[4]

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.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2018". INSEE. 28 December 2020.
  2. ^ (in French) Fabricio Cardenas, Vieux papiers des Pyrénées-Orientales, Record de longévité à Sournia en 1897 , 3 January 2015
  3. ^ Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Sournia, EHESS. (in French)
  4. ^ Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE