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Coat of Arms of Oise
Location of Oise in France
Department number: 60
Region: Picardie
Prefecture: Beauvais
Subprefectures: Clermont
Arrondissements: 4
Cantons: 41
Communes: 693
President of the General Council: Yves Rome
Population Ranked 25th
 -Jan.1, 2005 estimate
 -March 8, 1999 census
Population density: 134/km2
Land area¹: 5,860 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Oise is a department in the north of France named after the river Oise.



Oise is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the province of Île-de-France.


Oise is part of the current region of Picardie and is situated 35 km north of Paris. It is surrounded by the departments of Somme, Aisne, Seine-et-Marne, Val-d'Oise, Eure, and Seine-Maritime.


Natives of the department are called Isariens.


The major tourist attraction of the department is the Parc Astérix, which opened in 1989. Another very interesting site is Beauvais Cathedral. Also to be seen is the Chateau de Pierrefonds, restored by Viollet-le-Duc.

Twinned county

Oise is twinned with Bedfordshire. One of the villages along the river Oise is Auvers-sur-Oise, famous for having been visited by several impressionist artists. This is where Vincent Van Gogh spent his last 70 days and it is his and his brother Theo´s resting place.

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Coordinates: 49°23′N 02°25′E / 49.383°N 2.417°E / 49.383; 2.417

Travel guide

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From Wikitravel

Oise is a in department in the Picardie region of northern France.

  • Parc Astérix, [1] the world class Asterix amusement park has got up to 14 millions visitors since its opening in 1989. Many attractions are designed after the famous Asterix comic strips by René Goscinny and Albert Uderzo. In the park beautiful and green setting 35 km north of Paris, seven adventure areas, 27 attractions and 6 shows are waiting to thrill, excite and entertain you. The Asterix amusement park has plenty to offer young children such as many merry-go-rounds and a dolphin theater. It also has a very diverse set of attractions for adults: Tonnerre de Zeus - the biggest wooden roller-coaster in Europe, Goudurix - one of the most impressive loop-the-loops in Europe, and many others. The park is open from the 8th of April till the 15th of October. In order to get there you need to take RER ligne B3, get off at Charles de Gaulles airport terminal 1 and take the Parc Astérix shuttle (it leaves every 30 min). It is better to buy The Forfait Loisirs card that offers a reduced price combination: a transport ticket for the return journey by RER (+ metro from Paris) and the shuttle bus to the Park, and a coupon for admission to the Parc Astérix. On arrival at the ticket desks, you'll exchange your coupon for an admission ticket. It is also possible to buy the entrance tickets together with shuttle bus ticket at the CDG Terminal 1 at the "Information" stand. The best time for visit is in the morning, earlier than crowds, so that you could enjoy all the attractions without queue. Nevertheless you'll spend some time waiting for your turn especially to get to Tonnerre de Zeus and Goudurix (all the adults go firstly there and than to all the other attractions). In summer it's practically impossible to avoid the crowds and to visit all the attractions in one day (so much time you'll spend in the queques).
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