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Coat of Arms of Drôme
Location of Drôme in France
Department number: 26
Region: Rhône-Alpes
Prefecture: Valence
Subprefectures: Die
Arrondissements: 3
Cantons: 36
Communes: 369
President of the General Council: Didier Guillaume
Population Ranked 53rd
 -1999 437,778
Population density: 67/km2
Land area¹: 6530 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Drôme (Droma in Occitan, Drôma in Arpitan) is a department in southeastern France named after the Drôme River.



Drôme is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Dauphiné.


Drôme is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes (Rôno-Arpes) and is surrounded by the departments of Ardèche, Isère, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and Vaucluse.

The boundaries of the department have changed several times with the incorporation of the Comtat Venaissin in 1792 and the creation of the department of Vaucluse in 1793. There is an enclave of the department of Vaucluse, the Canton of Valréas (Enclave des Papes), which is surrounded by Drôme.


Drôme has one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in France. It is very diversified, including plastics, large machinery, packaging, food processing, and high tech.

The economical heart of the department is situated in the west, next to the Rhone.


The President of the General Council is Didier Guillaume of the Socialist Party.

Party seats
Socialist Party 18
Union for a Popular Movement 7
Miscellaneous Left 4
Miscellaneous Right 3
MoDem 1
The Greens 1
Left Radical Party 1
French Communist Party 1


The inhabitants of the department are called Drômois.


Main cities

(1999 figures)


Sporting and green tourism : Winter sports—skiing, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing—are all available in Drôme. During the summer period, excursions, mountain biking can be practiced, discovering the mountainous area.

Cultural tourism : Monuments (churches ...) craft industry...

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Coordinates: 44°45′N 05°10′E / 44.75°N 5.167°E / 44.75; 5.167

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