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Prefecture building in Beauvais
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Location of Oise in France
Coordinates: 49°23′N02°25′E / 49.383°N 2.417°E / 49.383; 2.417 Coordinates: 49°23′N02°25′E / 49.383°N 2.417°E / 49.383; 2.417
Country France
Region Hauts-de-France
Prefecture Beauvais
Subprefectures Clermont
   President of the General Council Nadège Lefebvre
  Total5,860 km2 (2,260 sq mi)
  Rank 26th
  Density140/km2 (360/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number 60
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 21
Communes 679
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Oise ( /wɑːz/ WAHZ; French:  [waz] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); Picard : Oése) is a department in the north of France. It is named after the river Oise. Inhabitants of the department are called Oisiens (French:  [wazjɛ̃] ) or Isariens, after the Latin name for the river, Isara.



Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
source: [1]

Oise is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the province of Île-de-France and Picardy.

After the coalition victory at Waterloo, the department was occupied by British troops between June 1815 and November 1818.

In March 2021, local Member of Parliament Olivier Dassault was killed in a plane crash. [2]


Oise is part of the current region of Hauts-de-France and is situated 35 km north of Paris. It is surrounded by the departments of Somme, Aisne, Seine-et-Marne, Val-d'Oise, Eure, and Seine-Maritime.

Principal towns

Most Populous Oise communes [3]
RankCommuneCantonArrondissementPopulation (2017)
1 Beauvais Beauvais-1
Beauvais 56,254
2 Compiègne Compiègne-1
Compiègne 40,199
3 Creil Creil Senlis 35,657
4 Nogent-sur-Oise Nogent-sur-Oise Senlis 20,033
5 Crépy-en-Valois Crépy-en-Valois Senlis 15,090
6 Méru Méru Beauvais 14,614
7 Senlis Senlis Senlis 14,277
8 Noyon Noyon Compiègne 13,519
9 Montataire Montataire Senlis 13,263
10 Pont-Sainte-Maxence Pont-Sainte-Maxence Senlis 12,209


Current National Assembly Representatives

ConstituencyMember [4] Party
Oise's 1st constituency TBDVacant
Oise's 2nd constituency Agnès Thill La République En Marche!
Oise's 3rd constituency Pascal Bois La République En Marche!
Oise's 4th constituency Éric Woerth The Republicans
Oise's 5th constituency Pierre Vatin The Republicans
Oise's 6th constituency Carole Bureau-Bonnard La République En Marche!
Oise's 7th constituency Maxime Minot The Republicans


The major tourist attraction of the department is the Parc Astérix, which opened in 1989. Other very interesting sites are Beauvais Cathedral, the Chateau de Pierrefonds, restored by Viollet-le-Duc, and the art collection of the Château de Chantilly, which is one of the largest outside Paris.

Twinned county

Oise is twinned with Bedfordshire. One of the villages along the river Oise is Auvers-sur-Oise, famous for having been visited by several impressionist artists. This is where Vincent van Gogh spent his last 70 days and is his and his brother Theo's resting place.

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  1. Site sur la Population et les Limites Administratives de la France
  2. "French MP and billionaire Olivier Dassault dies in helicopter crash". BBC News. 2021-03-07. Retrieved 2021-03-08.
  3. Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2017, INSEE
  4. http://www.assemblee-nationale.fr/