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Prefecture building of the Dordogne department, in Périgueux
Prefecture building of the Dordogne department, in Périgueux
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Location of Dordogne in France
Location of Dordogne in France
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Département 4 March 1790
 • Total 9,060 km2 (3,500 sq mi)
Population (2012)
 • Total 416,384
 • Rank 58th
 • Density 45.958/km2 (119.03/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Dordognots, Périgordins
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-24
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 25
Communes 557

Dordogne (Occitan: Dordonha) is a department in the southwest of France. It is named after the Dordogne river that runs through it.

The department is in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It is between the valley of the Loire river and the Pyrenees. Its prefecture in Périgueux.


Dordogne was formed during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790 with parts of the old province of Périgord. It was divided into nine districts: Belvès, Bergerac, Excideuil, Montignac, Montpon, Nontron, Périgueux, Ribérac and Sarlat.

Bergerac, Périgueux and Sarlat-la-Canéda were alternatively the capital of the department but later it was decided that only Périgueux would be the capital.


Bergerac pont D709 (1)
Bergerac and the Dordogne river

Dordogne is part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. It is the third largest department of Metropolitan France, after Gironde and Landes. It has an area of 9,060 km2 (3,498 sq mi).

The highest point of the department is in the Vieillecour forest and is 478 m (1,568 ft) high; the lowest point is in the valley of the Dordogne river and is 16 m (52 ft) high.

The department is bordered by the departments: Charente, Haute-Vienne, Corrèze, Lot, Lot-et-Garonne,Gironde and Charente-Maritime.

The main river in the department is the Dordogne. That gives its name to the department. It runs from east to west through the department. Other rivers are the Isle and the Vézère, both tributaries of the Dordogne.


Dordogne is part of the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. It is managed by the General Council of Dordogne in Périgueux.

Administrative divisions

There are 4 arrondissements (districts), 25 cantons and 557 communes (municipalities) in Dordogne.

Arrondissement Capital Population
241 Bergerac Bergerac 111,727   2,182   51.2 159
242 Nontron Nontron 41,106   1,621   25.4 80
243 Périgueux Périgueux 188,523   3,337   56.5 196
244 Sarlat-la-Canéda Sarlat-la-Canéda 75,028   1,921   39.1 122

The following is a list of the 25 cantons of the Dordogne department (with their INSEE codes), following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:

  1. Bergerac-1 (2401)
  2. Bergerac-2 (2402)
  3. Brantôme (2403)
  4. Coulounieix-Chamiers (2404)
  5. Le Haut-Périgord Noir (2405)
  6. Isle-Loue-Auvézère (2406)
  7. Isle-Manoire (2407)
  8. Lalinde (2408)
  9. Montpon-Ménestérol (2409)
  10. Pays de la Force (2410)
  11. Pays de Montaigne et Gurson (2411)
  12. Périgord Central (2412)
  13. Périgord Vert Nontronnais (2413)
  14. Périgueux-1 (2414)
  15. Périgueux-2 (2415)
  16. Ribérac (2416)
  17. Saint-Astier (2417)
  18. Sarlat-la-Canéda (2418)
  19. Sud-Bergeracois (2419)
  20. Terrasson-Lavilledieu (2420)
  21. Thiviers (2421)
  22. Trélissac (2422)
  23. Vallée Dordogne (2423)
  24. Vallée de l'Isle (2424)
  25. Vallée de l'Homme (2425)


The inhabitants of Dordogne are known, in French, as Dordognais (women: Dordognaises). They are also known as Périgordins or Périgoudins.

in 2012, the department of Dordogne had a population, of 416,384, for a population density of 46.0 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Périgueux, with 188,523 inhabitants, is by far the largest. The other three, Bergerac, Nontron and Sarlat-la-Canéda, have respectively 111,727, 41,1064 and 75,028 inhabitants.

The main cities in the department are:

City Population
Périgueux 29,906 Périgueux
Bergerac 27,972 Bergerac
Sarlat-la-Canéda 9,414 Sarlat-la-Canéda
Coulounieix-Chamiers 9,380 Périgueux
Trélissac 6,988 Périgueux
Boulazac 6,778 Périgueux
Terrasson-Lavilledieu 6,237 Sarlat-la-Canéda
Montpon-Ménestérol 5,482 Périgueux
Saint-Astier 5,472 Périgueux


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