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Saint-Denis (Réunion)

Saint-Denis

Panoramic view of the city from the heights of Bellepierre

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 20°52′44″S 55°26′53″E / 20.8789°S 55.4481°E / -20.8789; 55.4481Coordinates: 20°52′44″S 55°26′53″E / 20.8789°S 55.4481°E / -20.8789; 55.4481

Country France
Overseas region and department Réunion
Arrondissement Saint-Denis
Intercommunality Nord de la Réunion
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gilbert Annette
Area
 • Land1 142.79 km2 (55.13 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Population2 142,241
 • Population2 density 1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97411 / 97400
Elevation 0–2,276 m (0–7,467 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Saint-Denis (French pronunciation: ​[sɛ̃.də.ni], or unofficially Saint-Denis de la Réunion for disambiguation) is the préfecture (administrative capital) of the French overseas region and department of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. It is located at the island's northernmost point, close to the mouth of the Rivière Saint-Denis.

Saint-Denis is the most populous commune in the French overseas departments. At the 1999 census, there were 158,139 inhabitants in the urban area of Saint-Denis, 131,557 of whom lived in the city (commune) of Saint-Denis proper and the remainder in the neighbouring commune of Sainte-Marie.

History


Saint-Denis was founded by Étienne Régnault in 1669 and became the capital of Réunion island in 1738.

Transport and accommodation

The closest airport is Roland Garros Airport which is also the main international airport of Réunion.

The hotels in Saint-Denis include Mercure Creolia Hotel, Austral Hotel and Best Western.

Politics

Mayors

Attractions

  • Léon Dierx Museum (art gallery and museum)
  • Jardin de l'Etat (public gardens – includes a natural history museum)
  • Le Barachois, seafront park
  • La Roche Écrite (15 km (9 mi) south of the city), summit overlooking Saint-Denis, with impressive views over the city

Economy

IBM has an office in Saint-Denis.[1]

Climate

Climate data for Saint-Denis, Réunion
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 35
(95)
32
(90)
33
(91)
32
(90)
31
(88)
30
(86)
28
(82)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
32
(90)
35
(95)
Average high °C (°F) 29
(84)
28
(82)
28
(82)
28
(82)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
24
(75)
25
(77)
26
(79)
27
(81)
28
(82)
27
(81)
Daily mean °C (°F) 26
(79)
26
(79)
26
(79)
25
(77)
24
(75)
22
(72)
21
(70)
21
(70)
22
(72)
23
(73)
24
(75)
26
(79)
24
(75)
Average low °C (°F) 23
(73)
23
(73)
23
(73)
22
(72)
21
(70)
20
(68)
18
(64)
18
(64)
18
(64)
20
(68)
21
(70)
23
(73)
21
(70)
Record low °C (°F) 20
(68)
20
(68)
20
(68)
16
(61)
17
(63)
15
(59)
13
(55)
13
(55)
13
(55)
15
(59)
16
(61)
18
(64)
13
(55)
Source: Weatherbase[2]

International relations

Prince Bảo Vang of Vietnam (also known as Yves Claude Vinh San) the son of Emperor Duy Tân, was born and currently resides in Saint-Denis, Réunion with his family.

Twin towns – Sister cities

Saint-Denis, Réunion is twinned with:

  • Metz (France)
  • Tangier (Morocco)

See also

References

  • INSEE

External links

  • Official website (French)
  • Tourism Office website (French)

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