French depairtment

Seine-Saint-Denis (French pronunciation: ​[sɛn.sɛ̃.də.ni]) is a French depairtment locatit in the Île-de-France region. In local slang, it is kent as "quatre-vingt treize" (i.e. "ninety-three") or "neuf trois" (i.e. "nine three"), efter the offeecial admeenistrative nummer o the depairtment, 93. The indwallers is cried Séquano-Dionysiens.

Coat of airms o Seine-Saint-Denis
Coat airms
Location o Seine-Saint-Denis in Fraunce
Location o Seine-Saint-Denis in Fraunce
Coordinates: 48°54′N 02°29′E / 48.900°N 2.483°E / 48.900; 2.483
SubprefectursLe Raincy
 • Preses o the General CooncilClaude Bartolone (PS)
 • Total236 km2 (91 sq mi)
 • Total1,502,340
 • Rank6t
 • Density6,400/km2 (16,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Depairtment number93
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, an lakes, ponds, an glaciers lairger than 1 km2



Seine-Saint-Denis is locatit tae the northeast o Paris. It haes a surface aurie o anerly 236 km², makkin it ane o the smawest depairtments in Fraunce. Seine-Saint-Denis an twa ither sma depairtments, Hauts-de-Seine an Val-de-Marne, form a ring aroond Paris, kent as the Petite Couronne ("little croun"). Thay fuirm, thegither wi Paris an fower ither depairtments, the region o Île-de-France.



Seine-Saint-Denis is made up o 3 depairtmental arrondissements an 40 communes:


Arrondissement o
Arrondissement o
Arrondissement o
Le Raincy
  1. Saint-Ouen
  2. Aubervilliers
  3. Saint-Denis
  4. L'Île-Saint-Denis
  5. Épinay-sur-Seine
  6. Villetaneuse
  7. Pierrefitte-sur-Seine
  8. Stains
  9. La Courneuve
  1. Dugny
  2. Le Bourget
  3. Drancy
  4. Bobigny
  5. Bondy
  6. Les Pavillons-sous-Bois
  7. Noisy-le-Sec
  8. Romainville
  9. Pantin
  10. Le Pré-Saint-Gervais
  11. Les Lilas
  12. Bagnolet
  13. Montreuil
  14. Rosny-sous-Bois
  15. Villemomble
  1. Neuilly-Plaisance
  2. Neuilly-sur-Marne
  3. Noisy-le-Grand
  4. Gournay-sur-Marne
  5. Gagny
  6. Le Raincy
  7. Clichy-sous-Bois
  8. Montfermeil
  9. Coubron
  10. Vaujours
  11. Livry-Gargan
  12. Sevran
  13. Aulnay-sous-Bois
  14. Le Blanc-Mesnil
  15. Villepinte
  16. Tremblay-en-France



Seine-Saint-Denis wis creatut in Januar 1968, throu the implementation o a law passed in Julie 1964. It wis formit frae the pairt o the (hitherto lairger) Seine depairtment tae the north an north-east o the Paris ring road (an the line o the auld ceety waws), thegither wi a sma slice takken frae Seine-et-Oise.

Seine-Saint-Denis haes a history as a veritable left-wing stranghauld, belangin the ceinture rouge (red belt) o Paris. The French Communist Pairty inspecially haes maintained a continued strang presence in the depairtment, an still controls the ceety cooncils in ceeties lik Saint-Denis, Bobigny, Le Blanc-Mesnil an La Courneuve. Till 2008, Seine-Saint-Denis an Val-de-Marne wis the anerlie depairtments whare the Communist Pairty haed a majority in the general cooncils but the 2008 cantonal elections saw the socialists acome the strangest group at the Seine-Saint-Denis general cooncil (while the Communist Pairty gained a majority in Allier).

A commune o Seine-Saint-Denis, Clichy-sous-Bois, wis the scene o the daith o twa young fowk whilk spairkit the naitionwide riots o hairst 2005. In October - November, 9,000 caurs wur burned an 3,000 rioters wur arrestit.



Seine-Saint-Denis is the French depairtment wi the heichest proportion o immigrants: 21.7% at the 1999 census (see table belaw). This figur disna include the childer o immigrants born on French soil as weel as some native elites frae umwhile French colonies an fowk wha came frae owerseas Fraunce. The ratio o ethnic minorities is difficult tae estimate accurately as French law prohibits the collection o ethnic data for census takkin purposes. Housomeivver estimates suggest thare 500,000 Muslims oot o a tot population o 1.4 million. Saint-Denis is hame tae the Union o French Islamic Organizations (UOIF) in the Bourget destrict, which annually hosts ane o Europe's major Muslim conferences, Paris-le-Bourget.

In 2005, 56.7 % o young unner 18 wur o foreign oreegin includin 38% o African origin (22% frae Maghreb an 16% frae Sub-Saharan Africae). Islam is the main releegion.[1][2]

Place o birth o residents

Place of birth of residents of Seine-Saint-Denis in 1999
Born in Metropolitan France Born outside Metropolitan France
72.5% 27.5%
Born in
Overseas France
Born in foreign countries with French citizenship at birth¹ EU-15 immigrants² Non-EU-15 immigrants
3.1% 2.7% 4.4% 17.3%
¹This group is made up largely of former French settlers, such as pieds-noirs in Northwest Africa, followed by former colonial citizens who had French citizenship at birth (such as was often the case for the native elite in French colonies), and to a lesser extent foreign-born children of French expatriates. Note that a foreign country is understood as a country not part of France as of 1999, so a person born for example in 1950 in Algeria, when Algeria was an integral part of France, is nonetheless listed as a person born in a foreign country in French statistics.
²An immigrant is a person born in a foreign country not having French citizenship at birth. Note that an immigrant may have acquired French citizenship since moving to France, but is still considered an immigrant in French statistics. On the other hand, persons born in France with foreign citizenship (the children of immigrants) are not listed as immigrants.



A nummer o hip hop airtists come frae Seine-Saint-Denis, includin ane o the first major hip hop baunds in Fraunce, Suprême NTM (JoeyStarr an Kool Shen), as weel as Lord Kossity, or mair recent acts like Tandem, Sofiane Zermani or Sefyu.

Miscellaneous topics


Seine-Saint-Denis wis scheduled tae be the steid o a 2004 Internaitional Exhibition. Housomeivver this event wis cancelled.


  1. Michèle Tribalat, Michèle Tribalat : "L'islam reste une menace", Le Monde, 13 octobre 2011
  2. Michèle Tribalat, Les yeux grands fermés, Denoël, 2010

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