Charente

Charente (French: [ʃaʁɑ̃t] (listen); Saintongese: Chérente; Occitan: Charanta [tʃaˈɾantɔ]) is a department in the administrative region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, western France. It is named after the Charente River, the most important river in the department, and also the river beside which the department's two largest towns, Angoulême and Cognac, are sited. The Charente River is the longest in the Charente.

Charente
Chérente  (Saintongeais)
Charanta  (Occitan)
Prefecture building of the Charente department, in Angoulême
Location of Charente in France
Coordinates: 45°50′N 0°20′E
CountryFrance
RegionNouvelle-Aquitaine
PrefectureAngoulême
SubprefecturesCognac
Confolens
Government
  President of the General CouncilMichel Boutant (PS)
Area
  Total5,956 km2 (2,300 sq mi)
Population
 (2017)
  Total352,335
  Rank67th
  Density5,827/km2 (15,090/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number16
Arrondissements3
Cantons19
Communes366
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2