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Saint-Denis, Réunion

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Saint-Denis's former city hall and the Column of Victory
Country France
Overseas region and department Réunion
Arrondissement Saint-Denis
Intercommunality Nord de la Réunion
Mayor Gilbert Annette
Elevation 0–2,276 m (0–7,467 ft)
(avg. 23 m/75 ft)
Land area1 142.79 km2 (55.13 sq mi)
Population2 142,241  (2007)
 - Density 996/km2 (2,580/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 97411/ 97400
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.
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Saint-Denis is the administrative capital (préfecture) of the French controlled island of Réunion, in the Indian Ocean. The city is the largest town on the island. In 2004, it had a population of about 133,700 people.


Saint-Denis was founded by Étienne Régnault in 1669. The city became the capital of Réunion island in 1738.


The closest airport is Roland Garros Airport which is also the main international airport of Réunion. The Réunion Tram Train is expected to start being built in 2008. It stretches from the city to the airport and to Réunion's second city Saint-Paul.

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