Départment des Ardennes
The department of the Ardennes takes its name from the Ardennes Forest covering the South-East of Belgium and stretching into the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg and the adjacent part of France.
It has a surface area of 5,229 km², a population of 290,000 inhabitants, and is divided into four administrative districts (arrondissements in French) for a total of 37 cantons and 463 municipalities.
It borders (clockwise from the North) the Belgian provinces of Namur and Luxembourg, the Grand-Duchy of Luxembourg and the French départments of Meuse , Marne, and Aisne.
In ancient times, the Ardennes belonged to the Roman Province of Gallia Belgica. From the 4th century, the Salian Franks settled in the region (=> see History of the Franks)