Prefecture]building of the Bouches-du-Rhône department, in Marseille
Prefecture building of the Bouches-du-Rhône department, in Marseille
Flag of Bouches-du-Rhône
Coat of arms of Bouches-du-Rhône
Coat of arms
Location of Bouches-du-Rhône in France
Location of Bouches-du-Rhône in France
Coordinates: 43°30′N 5°5′E / 43°30′N 5°5′E / 43.500; 5.083
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-
Côte d'Azur
Département 4 March 1790
Prefecture Marseille
Subprefectures Aix-en-Provence, Arles, Istres
Government [1]
 •  President Martine Vassal
Area [2]
 • Total 5,087.5 km2 (1,964.3 sq mi)
Population (2014) [3]
 • Total 2,006,069
 • Density 394.313/km2 (1,021.267/sq mi)
Time zone CET ( UTC+1)
 • Summer ( DST) CEST ( UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-13
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 29
Communes 135
Website Bouches-du-Rhône Council

Bouches-du-Rhône ( Occitan: Bocas de Ròse, lit. "Mouths of the Rhône") is a department in the south of France named after the mouth of the Rhône River. It is the department of the Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur region with more people living in it.


Bouches-du-Rhône is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was made with part of the old province of Provence and was divided in six districts: Tarascon, Apt, Aix, Marseille, Salon and Arles, with Aix as is capital. [4]

In 1800, with the creation of the arrondissements in France, the six districts were changed into three arrondissements: Marseille, Aix and Tarascon. The prefecture was moved from Aix to Marseille. [4]

After the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815), the department was occupied by the Austrian army from June 1815 to November 1818.

In 1817, the subprefecture of Tarascon was moved to Arles. The arrondissement of Istres was created in 1981. [4]

Other Languages
العربية: بوش دو رون
aragonés: Bocas d'o Roine
Bân-lâm-gú: Bouches-du-Rhône
беларуская: Буш-дзю-Рон
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Буш-дзю-Рон
български: Буш дю Рон
Чӑвашла: Буш-дю-Рон
davvisámegiella: Bouches-du-Rhône
فارسی: بوش-دو-رون
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Bouches-du-Rhône-sén
한국어: 부슈뒤론 주
Հայերեն: Բուշ դյու Ռոն
Bahasa Indonesia: Bouches-du-Rhône
עברית: שפך הרון
Kapampangan: Bouches-du-Rhône
ქართული: ბუშ-დიუ-რონი
қазақша: Буш-дю-Рон
latviešu: Bušdirona
lietuvių: Ronos delta
Bahasa Melayu: Bouches-du-Rhône
Nederlands: Bouches-du-Rhône
norsk nynorsk: Bouches-du-Rhône
Plattdüütsch: Bouches-du-Rhône
polski: Delta Rodanu
português: Bocas do Ródano
русский: Буш-дю-Рон
slovenčina: Bouches-du-Rhône
slovenščina: Bouches-du-Rhône
српски / srpski: Ушће Роне
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Bouches-du-Rhône
українська: Буш-дю-Рон
Tiếng Việt: Bouches-du-Rhône
粵語: 隆河河口