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Val-d'Oise (Department, France)

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Flag of Val-d'Oise - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 22 August 2019

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Administrative data

Code: 95
Region: Île-de-France
Traditional province: Île-de-France
Bordering departments: Eure, Oise, Seine-et-Marne, Yvelines, Hauts-de-Seine, Seine-Saint-Denis

Area: 1,250 km2
Population (2019): 1,249,674 inhabitants

Préfecture: Pontoise (de facto, Cergy)
Sous-préfectures: Argenteuil, Sarcelles (transferred from Montmorency in 2000)
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 21 cantons, 184 municipalities.

The department is named after river Oise (302 km), tributary of the Seine.

The Law of 10 July 1964 on the reorganization of the region of Paris, with effect on 1 January 1968, suppressed the departments of Seine and Seine-et-Oise. The department of Val-d'Oise was made of 185 municipalities from Seine-et-Oise.

Ivan Sache, 14 November 2019

Flag of Val-d'Oise

The flag of Val d'Oise (photo), already used by the General Council, is white with a vertical red stripe placed along the hoist and the departmental logo.
The logo shows on a white background a red "V" flanked by the writing "val / d'oise" (left, in black letters) and "le département" (top, in grey letters).
A variant flag (photo), white only with logo, can be seen on a roundabout at the entrance into the department from Oise), in Survilliers, on departmental road D922.

Unveiled on 20 December 2002, the logo was implemented starting 1 January 2003. Its size and color "convey a warmer and more human image"; it is deemed "very visible and easy to spot".
The former logo, adopted some ten years ago, was deemed less legible because it includes too much information.
Green represents nature while blue represents the institution. Number "95" is the department's symbol while the blue strip represents river Oise.
[Le Parisien, 20 December 2002]

Olivier Touzeau, Pascal Vagnat & Ivan Sache, 22 August 2019

Former flag of the General Council

[Former flag of the General Council]

Former flag of the General Council - Image by Jaume Ollé, 11 July 2000