Saint-Omer

Saint-Omer (French pronunciation: [sɛ̃.t‿omɛʁ] (listen); West Flemish: Sint-Omaars) is a commune and sub-prefecture of the Pas-de-Calais department in France.[3]

Saint-Omer
Sint-Omaars
The theater « le moulin à café » (the coffee grinder)
Location of Saint-Omer
Saint-Omer
Saint-Omer
Coordinates: 50°44′46″N 2°15′42″E
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentPas-de-Calais
ArrondissementSaint-Omer
CantonSaint-Omer
IntercommunalityCA Pays de Saint-Omer
Government
  Mayor (20202026) François Decoster[1]
Area
1
16.4 km2 (6.3 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
14,903
  Density910/km2 (2,400/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
62765 /62500
Elevation0–27 m (0–89 ft)
(avg. 6 m or 20 ft)
Websitewww.ville-saint-omer.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

It is 68 km (42 mi) west-northwest of Lille on the railway to Calais, and is located in the Artois province. The town is named after Saint Audomar, who brought Christianity to the area.[4]

The canalised section of the river Aa begins at Saint-Omer, reaching the North Sea at Gravelines in northern France. Below its walls, the Aa connects with the Neufossé Canal, which ends at the river Lys.


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