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View of Confolens from the Sainte-Catherine hill
View of Confolens from the Sainte-Catherine hill
Coat of arms of Confolens
Coat of arms
Confolens is located in France
Location in France
Confolens is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Location in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Charente
Arrondissement Confolens
Canton Charente-Vienne
Intercommunality Confolentais
23.63 km2 (9.12 sq mi)
 • Density 115.15/km2 (298.24/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Confolentais
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
16106 /16500
Elevation 127–222 m (417–728 ft)
(avg. 152 m or 499 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Confolens (Occitan: Confolents) is a commune in southwestern France. Confolens is the administrative centre of a largely rural area, which has had an important growth of tourism in recent years.

It is one of the two subprefectures of the Charente department and the capital of the canton of Charente-Vienne.


On 1 January 2016, the former commune Saint-Germain-de-Confolens was merged with the commune of Confolens.


Confolens is at the confluence of the Vienne and Goire rivers. The name of this place comes from the Latin word confluens that means "confluence".

The city is at 65 km (40 mi) from Angoulême, 55 km (34 mi) from Limoges and 70 km (43 mi) from Poitiers, the three largest cities that are closest to Confolens.

It has an area of 23.63 km2 (9.12 sq mi) and its average altitude is 152 m (499 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 150 m (490 ft).

Confolens and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Confolens

The communes that are around Confolens are Brillac, Esse, Saint-Maurice-des-Lions, Ansac-sur-Vienne, Hiesse and Lessac.


The climate of Confolens, in the Köppen climate classification, is Cfb - Oceanic climate with template summers.


With a population of 2,721, Confolens has a population density of 115 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Confolens are known, in French, as Confolentais (women: Confolentaises).


Confolens is a subprefecture of the Charente department since 1800. It is also the capital of the canton of Charente-Vienne.


People from Confolens

Twin cities

Confolens is a twin town of:

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