Drôme, department (1990 pop. 417,100), SE France. Valence is the capital.
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Drôme (Droma in Occitan, Drôma in Arpitan) is a department in southeastern France named after the Drôme River.


Drôme is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Dauphiné.


Drôme is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes (Rôno-Arpes) and is surrounded by the departments of Ardèche, Isère, Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, and Vaucluse.

The boundaries of the department have changed several times with the incorporation of the Comtat Venaissin in 1792 and the creation of the department of Vaucluse in 1793. There is an enclave of the department of Vaucluse, the Canton of Valréas (Enclave des Papes), which is surrounded by Drôme.


Drôme has one of the fastest growing industrial sectors in France. It is very diversified, including plastics, large machinery, packaging, food processing, and high tech.

The economical heart of the department is situated in the west, next to the Rhone.


The inhabitants of the department are called Drômois.

Main cities

(1999 figures)


Sporting and green tourism : Winter sports—skiing, cross-country skiing, and snow-shoeing—are all available in Drôme. During the summer period, excursions, mountain biking can be practiced, discovering the mountainous area.

Cultural tourism : Monuments (churches ...) craft industry...

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