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Somme (Department, France)

Last modified: 2021-06-27 by ivan sache
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Flag of Somme, two versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 1 January 2021


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Administrative data

Code: 80
Region: Picardie
Region: Hauts-de-France (Picardie until 2014)
Bordering departments: Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Seine-Maritime

Area: 6,170 km2
Population (2017): 572,443 inhabitants

Préfecture: Amliens
Sous-préfectures: Abbeville, Montdidier, Péronne
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 23 cantons, 779 municipalities.

The department is named after river Somme (245 km), tributary of the English Channel.
On 1 January 1971, the municipality of Ytres was transferred from the department of Somme to the department of Pas-de-Calais. On 1 January 1974, the municipality of Beauvoir-Rivière, transferred from Somme to Pas-de-Calais, merged with Wavans-sur-l'Authie to form the municipality of Beauvoir-Wavans.

Ivan Sache, 14 November 2019


Flag of Somme

The flag of Somme (photo, photo) is a rectangular version of the square logo of the Departmental Council. In 2015, General Councils were renamed to Departmental Councils. Accordingly the words "le Conseil général" were replaced by the words "le Conseil départemental”.
The flag is sometimes used with a white background (photo).

Olivier Touzeau, 1 January 2021


Flag of the former General Council

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Flag of the former General Council of Somme - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 16 November 2009

The flag of the General Council of Somme (photo) was a rectangular version of the square logo of the General Council.

The logo of the General Council of Somme is a garnet red square charged with the writing "somme", with the first "m" bold, and, "LE CONSEIL GENERAL", in much smaller letters.
According to the Graphical Charter, "this red block Pantone 201 (CMYK 0-100-65-35) should be considered as a space of life in which the logo takes all its meaning". Only the General Council is allowed to use "the red logo on a white background without a square background".
As communicated by the General Council, the logo, adopted in 2003, emphasizes the relation between land and water, a characteristic of the department's identity. The bold letter "m" symbolizes the arches of a bridge, representing the architectural heritage of the department.

Olivier Touzeau, Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 16 November 2009


Former flag of the General Council

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Former flag of the General Council of Somme, two versions - Images by Olivier Touzeau, 1 January 2021

The former flag of the General Council was white with the Council's former logo. The logo was white with the blue writing "CONSEIL GENERAL / de la / SOMME". The "O" of "SOMME" was vertically divided blue-gree by a white seagull. The former flag of the General Council was white with this "O" without text, and sometimes with the word "SOMME" below (photo).

Olivier Touzeau, Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 1 January 2021


 
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