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Courrières

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Coordinates: 50°27′31″N 2°56′53″E / 50.4586°N 2.9481°E / 50.4586; 2.9481Coordinates: 50°27′31″N 2°56′53″E / 50.4586°N 2.9481°E / 50.4586; 2.9481{{#coordinates:50.4586|2.9481|type:city(10682)_region:FR|||||| |primary |name= }}</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Country</th><td> France</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Region</th><td> Nord-Pas-de-Calais</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Department</th><td> Pas-de-Calais</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Arrondissement</th><td> Lens</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Canton</th><td> Courrières</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Intercommunality</th><td> Communauté d'agglomération d'Hénin-Carvin</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th colspan="2" style="text-align:center;text-align:left">Government</th></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Mayor (2008–2014) </th><td> Christophe Pilch</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Area1</th><td> 8.63 km2 (3.33 sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Population (2004)2</th><td> 10,682</td></tr><tr class="mergedrow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left"> • Density</th><td> 1,200/km2 (3,200/sq mi)</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">INSEE/Postal code</th><td class="adr"> 62250 / 62710</td></tr><tr class="mergedtoprow"><th scope="row" style="text-align:left">Elevation</th><td> Script error: No such module "convert".
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Courrières is a commune in the Pas-de-Calais department in the Nord-Pas-de-Calais region of France.

Geography

An ex-coalmining commune, now a light industrial and farming town, situated some Script error: No such module "convert". northeast of Lens, at the junction of the D46 and D919 roads and next to the A1 autoroute. The Lens canal and the canalized Deule river forms threequarters of the borders of the commune.

Nearest communes

History

The history of the area remains marked by the Courrières mine disaster which resulted in 1,099 deaths on 10 March 1906. All the regions' coalmines were closed by 1970.

Population

Courrières
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Historical population of Courrières
Year1962196819751982199019992004
Population773892961249112612113761058810682
From the year 1962 on: No double counting—residents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

Notable people

Places of interest

  • The sports centre Centre Sportif.
  • A forest north of Courrières.
  • The church of St.Piat, dating from the sixteenth century.
  • The Commonwealth War Graves Commission cemetery.

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Courrières is twinned with:

See also

References

External links


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