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A view of Privas.
A view of Privas.
Coat of arms of Privas
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Privas
Canton Privas
Intercommunality Privas Centre Ardèche
Area1 12.14 km2 (4.69 sq mi)
Population (2014) 8,313
 • Density 684.8/km2 (1,773.5/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Privadois
Time zone CET (UTC+01:00)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+02:00)
INSEE/Postal code 07186 /07000
Elevation 200–750 m (660–2,460 ft)
(avg. 475 m or 1,558 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Privas is a commune of France, capital (Prefecture) of the Ardèche department of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in southeastern France. It is the smallest administrative centre of any department in France.

Today Privas is known for several confectionery made with chestnuts produced in the region, as the marron glacé.


When the department of Ardèche was created on 4 March 1790, the capital was Privas alternating with Annonay, Aubenas, Le Bourg(-Saint-Andéol) and Tournon. In September of that year, Privas became the only capital of the department.


The commune of Privas is in the central eastern part of the Ardèche department, in the valley of the Ouvèze river, a tributary of the Rhône river. The commune of Privas is in the centre of a region known as the "Bassin Privadois".

The commune has an area of 12.1 km2 (4.7 sq mi), and its average altitude is 475 m (1,558 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 298 m (978 ft).

The distances from Privas to other cities are:

Privas and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Privas

Privas is surrounded by the communes:


The Köppen climate classification type for the climate at Largentière is an "Oceanic climate" (also known as Maritime Temperate climate) and of the subtype "Cfb".


The inhabitants of Privas are known, in French, as Privadois (women: Privadoises).

With a population of 8,313, Privas has a population density of 685 inhabitants/km2. It is the prefecture with fewest people living in it.

Evolution of the population in Privas


Privas is the prefecture of the Ardèche department since 1800. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Privas and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton Privas, formed by 15 communes, including Privas, with 20,402 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Privas Centre Ardèche, officially named as Communauté d'agglomération Privas Centre Ardèche.

Sister cities

Privas is twinned with:


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