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Traditional province: Picardie
Bordering departments: Aisne, Nord, Oise, Pas-de-Calais, Seine-Maritime
Area: 6,170 km2
Population (1995): 553,100 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Abbeville, Montdidier, Péronne
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 46 cantons, 783 communes.
The department is named after the river Somme (245 km), tributary of English Channel.
by Philippe-Pierre Darras