Watten, Nord

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Watten
The windmill in Watten
The windmill in Watten
Coat of arms of Watten
Coat of arms
Watten in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Watten in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Location of Watten
Watten is located in France
Watten
Watten
Watten in the arrondissement of Dunkirk
Watten is located in Hauts-de-France
Watten
Watten
Watten (Hauts-de-France)
Coordinates: 50°50′01″N 2°12′47″E / 50.8336°N 2.213°E / 50.8336; 2.213Coordinates: 50°50′01″N 2°12′47″E / 50.8336°N 2.213°E / 50.8336; 2.213
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentNord
ArrondissementDunkerque
CantonWormhout
IntercommunalityHauts de Flandre
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Daniel Deschodt
Area
1
7.32 km2 (2.83 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
2,593
 • Density350/km2 (920/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
59647 /59143
Elevation1–73 m (3.3–239.5 ft)
(avg. 55 m or 180 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Watten (Dutch: Waden, meaning "ford" as in "river-crossing") is a commune in the Nord department in northern France. Its inhabitants are called "Wattenais".

Geography[edit]

Watten is located at the limit of the French Flanders historical county. However, the local Dutch dialect (French Flemish) is virtually extinct. The neighbouring villages are Wattendam (commune of Holque), Millam, Serques, Éperlecques and Wulverdinghe.

While Watten belongs to the Nord département, it is bordering the Pas-de-Calais département. The village is crossed by the rivers Aa and Colme.

Population[edit]

Historical population
YearPop.±%
20062,730—    
20072,731+0.0%
20082,704−1.0%
20092,655−1.8%
20102,608−1.8%
20112,568−1.5%
20122,536−1.2%
20132,523−0.5%
20142,536+0.5%
20152,549+0.5%
20162,561+0.5%

Politics[edit]

Presidential Elections 2nd Round[edit]

Election Winning Candidate Party %
2017 Marine Le Pen FN 63.74
2012 François Hollande PS 63.30
2007 Nicolas Sarkozy UMP 55.82
2002 Jacques Chirac RPR 71.67

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Heraldry[edit]

Arms of Watten
The arms of Watten are blazoned :
Per fess argent and gules, 3 pales counterchanged.



Sights[edit]

The village is famous for its old ruined abbey, and for its mill, which was restored in the 1990s. These two buildings are located on the "Mountain of Watten" (72 Meters high). Its church dates from the thirteenth century.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. ^ http://www.lemonde.fr/data/france/presidentielle-2017//