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Arrondissements of the Landes department facts for kids

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There are 2 arrondissements in the Landes 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 cantons and communes.

The arrondissements of Landes are:

Arrondissement Capital Population
401 Dax Dax 220,656 3,194.2 69.1 152
402 Mont-de-Marsan Mont-de-Marsan 179,821 6,048.4 29.7 178


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

  • 1790 : creation of the Landes department with four districts: Dax, Mont-de-Marsan, Saint-Sever and Tartas; the capital was Mont-de-Marsan
  • 1800 : creation of the arrondissements: Mont-de-Marsan, Dax, Saint-Sever
  • 1926 : the arrondissement of Saint-Sever is eliminated and integrated into the remaining two arrondissements

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