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""Prefecture building of the Oise department, in Beauvais
"Prefecture building of the Oise department, in Beauvais
""Coat of arms of Oise
Coat of arms
""Location of Oise in France
Location of Oise in France
Coordinates: 49°23′N 02°25′E / 49.383°N 2.417°E / 49.383; 2.417"Coordinates: 49°23′N 02°25′E / 49.383°N 2.417°E / 49.383; 2.417
"Country "France
"Region "Hauts-de-France
"Prefecture "Beauvais
"Subprefectures "Clermont
 • "President of the General Council Yves Rome
 • Total 5,860 km2 (2,260 sq mi)
Population (2013)
 • Total 815,400
 • Rank "26th
 • Density 140/km2 (360/sq mi)
"Time zone "CET ("UTC+1)
 • Summer ("DST) "CEST ("UTC+2)
"Department number 60
"Arrondissements "4
"Cantons "21
"Communes "686
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude "estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Oise (French pronunciation: ​"[waz]) is a "department in the north of "France. It is named after the river "Oise. Inhabitants of the department are called Oisiens or Isariens, after the Latin name for the river, Isara.



Oise is one of the original 83 departments created during the "French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the "province of "Île-de-France and "Picardy.

After the coalition victory at "Waterloo, the department was occupied by "British "troops between June 1815 and November 1818.


Oise is part of the current "region of "Hauts-de-France and is situated 35 km north of "Paris. It is surrounded by the departments of "Somme, "Aisne, "Seine-et-Marne, "Val-d'Oise, "Eure, and "Seine-Maritime.

Principal towns[edit]

Most Populous Oise communes[1]
Rank Commune Canton Arrondissement Population
1 "Beauvais "Beauvais-1
"Beauvais 55,252
2 "Compiègne "Compiègne-1
"Compiègne 40,430
3 "Creil "Creil "Senlis 34,262
4 "Nogent-sur-Oise "Nogent-sur-Oise "Senlis 18,753
5 "Senlis "Senlis "Senlis 15,583
6 "Crépy-en-Valois "Crépy-en-Valois "Senlis 14,962
7 "Méru "Méru "Beauvais 13,995
8 "Noyon "Noyon "Compiègne 13,894
9 "Montataire "Montataire "Senlis 12,843
10 "Pont-Sainte-Maxence "Pont-Sainte-Maxence "Senlis 12,637


The major tourist attraction of the department is the "Parc Astérix, which opened in 1989. Another very interesting site is "Beauvais Cathedral. Also to be seen is the "Chateau de Pierrefonds, restored by "Viollet-le-Duc. The art collection of the "Château de Chantilly is one of the largest outside Paris.

Twinned county[edit]

Oise is twinned with "Bedfordshire. One of the villages along the river Oise is "Auvers-sur-Oise, famous for having been visited by several "impressionist artists. This is where "Vincent van Gogh spent his last 70 days and it is his and his brother Theo's resting place.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Insee - Populations légales 2013". "Insee. Retrieved September 10, 2016. 

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