Arrondissements of the Haut-Rhin department facts for kids
There are 4 arrondissements in the Haut-Rhin 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 Haut-Rhin are:
In 1800, with the creation of the arrondissements in France, the three districts were changed into five arrondissements: Colmar, Altkirch, Belfort, Delémont and Porrentruy. The arrondissements Delémont and Porrentruy were eliminated in 1814 and transferred to Switzerland.
The subprefecture of Altkirch was moved to Mulhouse in 1857.
In 1919, Haut-Rhin is again an department when the territory became part of France with the arrondissements Colmar-Ville, Colmar-Campagne, Altkirch, Guebwiller, Mulhouse, Ribeauvillé and Thann. Its capital is Colmar.
The arrondissements Colmar-Ville and Colmar-Campagne were combined in 1934 to form the arrondissement of Colmar.
The arrondissement of Guebwiller was eliminated in 2015 and its territory combined with Tharn to form the arrondissement of Thann-Guebwiller. In that same year, the arrondissement of Ribeauvillé was also eliminated and its territory combined with Colmar to form the arrondissement of Colmar-Ribeauvillé.
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