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Coordinates: 50°25′56″N 2°50′00″E / 50.4322222222°N 2.83333333333°E / 50.4322222222; 2.83333333333

Commune of Lens

Lens, Pas-de-Calais is located in France
Lens, Pas-de-Calais
Country France
Region Nord-Pas-de-Calais
Department Pas-de-Calais
Arrondissement Lens
Canton Chief town of 3 cantons
Intercommunality Communaupole
de Lens-Liévin
Mayor Guy Delcourt
Elevation 27–71 m (89–230 ft)
Land area1 11.57 km2 (4.47 sq mi)
Population2 36,257  (2006)
 - Density 3,134 /km2 (8,120 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 62498/ 62300
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Lens (French pronunciation: [lɑ̃s]  ( listen)) is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in northern France. It is one of France's large Picarde cities along with Lille, Valenciennes, Amiens, Roubaix, Tourcoing, Arras, and Douai.


Metropolitan area

Lens belongs to the intercommunality of Lens-Liévin, which consists of 36 communes, with a total population of 250,000. Lens, along with Douai, forms the metropolitan area of Douai-Lens, whose population at the 1999 census was 552,682.


The city is an industrial and has a long history of coal mining. Surrounding the town are many large slag heaps, evidence of over a hundred years of mining, which came to an end in the 1960s.

The city supports a top-level football team, Racing Club de Lens.


At Vimy, a small town very close to Lens, are the Vimy Memorial and Vimy Ridge.

From 2012, Lens will also be the location of the Louvre-Lens.

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Simple English

Lens is a city in the Pas-de-Calais department of France. Today, about 36.000 people live there. The city has an important history of mining. There is also the Racing Club de Lens, a well-known French soccer team. Paris is 200km to the south, Lille is 40 km to the north, Douai is 15 km to the east, and Arras is 20km to the south.

The city is very old, though no one knows exactly how old. Ruins of Ancient Roman settlements have been found.pcd:Linse


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