Orne, department (1990 pop. 292,900), NW France, in Normandy and part of Perche. Alençon is the capital.
Orne is a department in the northwest of France named after the Orne River.


Orne is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Normandy and Perche.


Orne is in the current region of Basse-Normandie and is surrounded by the departments of Eure, Eure-et-Loir, Sarthe, Mayenne, and Calvados; it is the only department of Basse Normandie and Haute Normandie to be landlocked.


The inhabitants of the department are called Ornais.


Camembert, the village where Camembert cheese was first made, is located in Orne.

The local dialect is known as Augeron

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