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Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Isère
Arrondissement Grenoble
Intercommunality Grenoble-Alpes Métropole
Mayor Éric Piolle
Elevation 204–600 m (669–1,969 ft)
Land area1 18.13 km2 (7.00 sq mi)
Population2 158,346  (2012)
 - Density 8,734/km2 (22,620/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 38185/ 38000
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.

Coordinates: 45°06′42″N 5°26′01″E / 45.1116°N 5.4337°E / 45.1116; 5.4337

Grenoble is a French commune in the Alpine foothills. It is the prefecture of the Isère department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

It has an oceanic climate (Cfb in the Koeppen climate classification).

It is an important centre for scientific research in France.


A campus of the École nationale de l'aviation civile (French civil aviation academy) is in Grenoble. Grenoble School of Management is also located in the city.


Twin towns — Sister cities

Grenoble is twinned with:

  • United States Phoenix, United States, since 1990
  • Hungary Pécs, Hungary, since 1992
  • Palestinian National Authority Bethlehem, Palestinian Authority, since 1995
  • Lithuania Kaunas, Lithuania, since 1997
  • Tunisia Sfax, Tunisia, since 1998
  • Algeria Constantine, Algeria, since 1999
  • Italy Corato, Italy, since 2002

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