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There are 5 arrondissements in the Aisne department. The French departments, and in other countries, are divided into arrondissements, which may be translated into English as districts (in some cases, as boroughs). The capital of an arrondissement is called a subprefecture.

If the prefecture (capital) of the department is in an arrondissement, that prefecture is the capital of the arrondissement, acting both as a prefecture and as a subprefecture.

Arrondissements are further divided into communes.

The arrondissements of the Aisne are:

Arrondissements of the Aisne department
Arrondissement Capital Population
021 Château-Thierry Château-Thierry 73,188 1,193.2 61.3 108
022 Laon Laon 165,489 2,461.3 67.2 244
023 Saint-Quentin Saint-Quentin 130,918 1,071.2 122.2 126
024 Soissons Soissons 103,840 1,242.8 83.6 166
025 Vervins Vervins 66,348 1,400.6 47.4 160


Since its creation, the Aisne department has had few changes:

  • 1790 : creation of the department with six districts: Saint-Quentin, Vervins, Laon, Chauny, Soissons and Château-Thierry; the capital was Laon.
  • 1800 : creation of five arrondissements: Laon, Château-Thierry, Saint-Quentin, Soissons and Vervins.
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Château-Thierry was eliminated.
  • 1942 : Château-Thierry was made again an arrondissement.

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