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Isère (Arpitan: Isera, Occitan: Isèra) is a department, in the Rhône-Alpes (Rôno-Arpes in Arpitan) region in the east of Francemarker named after the river Isèremarker.


Isère is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from part of the former province of Dauphiné. Its area has been reduced twice, in 1852 and again in 1967.

Isère was also the name of the French ship which delivered the 214 boxes holding the Statue of Libertymarker.


Isère is part of the current region of Rhône-Alpes and is surrounded by the department of Rhônemarker, Ainmarker, Savoiemarker, Hautes-Alpesmarker, Drômemarker, Ardèchemarker, and Loiremarker.

Isère includes a part of the French Alps. The highest point in the department is the summit of La Meijemarker at 3,988 meters. The Vercors Plateaumarker dominates the west of the department.


Inhabitants of the department are called Isérois.


The President of the General Council is André Vallini of the Socialist Partymarker.

Party seats
Socialist Partymarker 24
Union for a Popular Movement 14
Miscellaneous Right 7
French Communist Party 6
Miscellaneous Left 4
The Greens 3


The Grande Chartreusemarker is the mother abbey of the Carthusian order. It is located 14 miles north of Grenoble.

As early as the 13th century, residents of the north and central parts of Isère spoke a dialect of the Franco-Provençal language called Dauphinois. It continued to be spoken in rural areas of Isère into the 20th century.


Isère features many ski resorts, including the Alpe d'Huezmarker and Les Deux Alpesmarker. It also hosts Coupe Icare, an annual festival of free flight, such as paragliding and hang-gliding, held at the world-renowned paragliding site at Lumbinmarker.

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Isère produces the following cheeses: Bleu du Vercors-Sassenage, an Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée cheese, and Saint-Marcellin.

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