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Parthenay
Subprefecture and commune
Citadel
Coat of arms of Parthenay
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Deux-Sèvres
Arrondissement Parthenay
Canton Parthenay
Intercommunality Parthenay-Gâtine
Area1 11.38 km2 (4.39 sq mi)
Population (2014) 10,367
 • Density 911.0/km2 (2,359.4/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 79202 /79200
Elevation 114–184 m (374–604 ft)
(avg. 149 m or 489 ft)
Website www.ville-parthenay.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Parthenay is a commune, an ancient fortified town, in the Deux-Sèvres department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in western France. It is a subprefecture of the Deux-Sèvres department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Parthenay.

Geography

Parthenay is considered the capital of the Gâtine poitevine (or Gâtine de Parthenay), a region with bocages that is found in the central third of the department of Deux-Sèvres. It is at 28 km (17 mi) to the southeast of Bressuire, the other subprefecture of the department.

The city is at about 232 km (144 mi) from Bordeaux, 380 km (240 mi) from Paris, 871 km (541 mi) from Marseille and 468 km (291 mi) from Toulouse.

The commune has an area of 11.4 km2 (4.4 sq mi). Its average altitude is 149 m (489 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 169 m (554 ft).

Map of the commune of Parthenay

The commune of Parthenay is surrounded by the communes:

The Thouet river, a left tributary of the Loire river, flows through the city.

Climate

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

Population

The inhabitants of Parthenay are known, in French, as Parthenaisiens (women: Parthenaisiennes).

With a population of 10,367, Parthenay has a population density of 911 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Parthenay

Administration

Parthenay is a subprefecture of the Deux-Sèvres department, the capital of the arrondissement of Parthenay and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Parthenay.

It is part of the intercommunality Parthenay-Gâtine (French: Communauté de communes de Parthenay-Gâtine).

Twinned and partner towns

Parthenay is twinned with:

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