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French depairtment

The Vaucluse (French pronunciation: ​[vokˈlyz]; Occitan: Vauclusa in classical norm or Vau-Cluso in Mistralian norm) is a depairtment in the sootheast o Fraunce, namit efter the famous spring, the Fontaine-de-Vaucluse.

Coat o airms o Vaucluse
Coat o airms
Location o Vaucluse in Fraunce
Location o Vaucluse in Fraunce
Coordinates: 44°00′N 05°10′E / 44.000°N 5.167°E / 44.000; 5.167
Kintra Fraunce
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Prefectur Avignon
Subprefecturs Apt
 • Preses o the General Cooncil Claude Haut
 • Total 3,567 km2 (1,377 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Tot 538,541
 • Rank 48t
 • Density 150/km2 (390/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Depairtment number 84
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 24
Communes 151
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, an lakes, ponds, an glaciers lairger than 1 km2


Vaucluse wis creatit on 12 August 1793 oot o pairts o the depairtments o Bouches-du-Rhône, Drôme, and Basses-Alpes (later renamed Alpes-de-Haute-Provence). The then rural depairtment wis, like the nearbi ceety o Lyon, a hotbed o the French Resistance in Warld War II.


Vaucluse is bordered bi the Rhône tae the wast an the River Durance tae the sooth. Muntains occupy a significant proportion o the eastren hauf o the depairtment, wi Mont Ventoux (1,912 m), kent as "the Giant of Provence" an aw, dominatin the landscape. Ither important muntain ranges include the Dentelles de Montmirail, the Monts de Vaucluse, an the Luberon. Fruit an vegetables are cultivatit in great quantities in the lawer-lyin pairts o the depairtment, on ane o the maist fertile plains in soothren Fraunce. The Vaucluse département haes a rather lairge exclave athin the Drôme depairtment, the canton o Valréas (Enclave des Papes).

Important urban centres include Avignon, Orange, Carpentras, Cavaillon, an Apt.


  • Urban population: 416,301 (83%)
  • Rural population: 83,384 (17%)

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