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Saint-Denis, Réunion

commune in La Réunion, France

Saint-Denis is the administrative capital (préfecture) of the French controlled island of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. The city is the largest town on the island. In 2004, it had a population of about 133,700 people.

Saint-Denis
Saint-Denis's former city hall and the Column of Victory
Saint-Denis's former city hall and the Column of Victory
Coat of arms of Saint-Denis
Coat of arms
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Coordinates: 20°52′44″S 55°26′53″E / 20.8789°S 55.4481°E / -20.8789; 55.4481Coordinates: 20°52′44″S 55°26′53″E / 20.8789°S 55.4481°E / -20.8789; 55.4481
CountryFrance
Overseas region and departmentRéunion
ArrondissementSaint-Denis
IntercommunalityNord de la Réunion
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gilbert Annette
Area
1
142.79 km2 (55.13 sq mi)
Population
 (2007)2
142,241
 • Density1,000/km2 (2,600/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code
97411 /97400
Elevation0–2,276 m (0–7,467 ft)
(avg. 23 m or 75 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries. 2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

HistoryEdit

Saint-Denis was founded by Étienne Régnault in 1669. The city became the capital of Réunion island in 1738.

TransportationEdit

The closest airport is Roland Garros Airport which is also the main international airport of Réunion. The Réunion Tram Train is expected to start being built in 2008. It stretches from the city to the airport and to Réunion's second city Saint-Paul.

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