Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence or sometimes abbreviated as AHP (French pronunciation: [alp də ot pʁɔvɑ̃s] (listen); Occitan: Aups d'Auta Provença; lit.'Alps of Upper Provence') is a department in the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region of France, bordering Alpes-Maritimes and Italy to the east, Var to the south, Vaucluse to the west, Drôme and Hautes-Alpes to the north. Formerly part of the province of Provence, it had a population of 164,308 in 2019,[3] which makes it the 94th most populated French department.

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Aups d'Auta Provença (Occitan)
Flag of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Coat of arms of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Location of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France
Location of Alpes-de-Haute-Provence in France
Coordinates: 44°0′N 6°10′E
CountryFrance
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
PrefectureDigne-les-Bains
SubprefecturesBarcelonnette
Castellane
Forcalquier
Government
  President of the Departmental CouncilÉliane Barreille[1] (LR)
Area
  Total6,925 km2 (2,674 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
  Total164,308
  Rank95th
  Density24/km2 (61/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number04
Largest cityManosque
Arrondissements4
Cantons15
Communes198
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries and lakes, ponds and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Alpes-de-Haute-Provence's main cities are Digne-les-Bains (prefecture), Manosque, Sisteron, Barcelonnette, Castellane and Forcalquier. Inhabitants are called the Bas-Alpins (masculine) or Bas-Alpines (feminine) in reference to the department's former name, Basses-Alpes, which was in use until 1970. Although the prefecture is Digne-les-Bains, the largest city is Manosque. Alpes-de-Haute-Provence's INSEE and postal code is 04.


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