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Soissons is a commune in the Picardy region in the Aisne department in the north of France. Soissons was the capital of France from 486 (the year of the famous vase of Soissons) until about 900. The city's name comes from a Belgic tribe: the Suessiones.

Soissons
Skyline of Soissons
Coat of arms of Soissons
Coat of arms
Soissons is located in France
Soissons
Soissons
Location within Hauts-de-France region
Soissons is located in Hauts-de-France
Soissons
Soissons
Coordinates: 49°13′31″N 3°11′33″E / 49.2254°N 3.1925°E / 49.2254; 3.1925Coordinates: 49°13′31″N 3°11′33″E / 49.2254°N 3.1925°E / 49.2254; 3.1925
CountryFrance
RegionHauts-de-France
DepartmentAisne
Area
1
12.32 km2 (4.76 sq mi)
Population
 (2012)2
28,309
 • Density2,300/km2 (6,000/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
02722 /02200
Elevation38–130 m (125–427 ft)
(avg. 55 m or 180 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.