Caen

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Coat of arms of Caen
Administration
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Calvados
Arrondissement Caen
Intercommunality Caen la Mer
Mayor Philippe Duron (PS)
(2008–2014)
Statistics
Elevation 2–73 m (6.6–239.5 ft)
(avg. 8 m or 26 ft*)
Land area1 25.70 km2 (9.92 sq mi)
Population2 112,790  (2008)
 - Density 4,389/km2 (11,370/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 14118/ 14000, 14300
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.

Caen ( pronounced can (/kɑ̃/); in other words, the e is not pronounced) is a city in France. It is the capital city of Basse-Normandie and Calvados. The river Orne flows through it. Today, about 110.000 people live there (intra muros, inside the city); the urban area has about 370.000 people. The city has a very long history; the name probably has Gaulish origins (from cato Military activity; and mago field; probably something like place where the troops exercised).

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