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Coordinates: 47°37′N 7°14′E / 47.62°N 7.24°E / 47.62; 7.24Coordinates: 47°37′N 7°14′E / 47.62°N 7.24°E / 47.62; 7.24
Country France
Region Grand Est
Department Haut-Rhin
Arrondissement Altkirch
Canton Altkirch
Intercommunality Altkirch
  Mayor (20082014) Jean-Luc Reitzer
Area1 9.54 km2 (3.68 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 5,718
  Density 600/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 68004 / 68130
Dialling codes 0389
Elevation 274–392 m (899–1,286 ft)
(avg. 310 m or 1,020 ft)

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.

Altkirch (French pronunciation: [alkiʁʃ]; Alsatian: Àltkìrech) is a commune in the Haut-Rhin department in Alsace in north-eastern France.

The town is traditionally regarded as the capital of Sundgau; its name comes from the German Alte Kirche, i.e. old church.



Its inhabitants are known as Altkirchois.

The resident population number of 5500 is rather deceptive as some 15,500 people will be in town on a typical working day (4500 working, 3000 studying, 3000 for medical treatment and another 5000 divided between shopping, administrative offices, cultural and sporting activities).

Historical population of Altkirch
From the year 1962 on: No double countingresidents of multiple communes (e.g. students and military personnel) are counted only once.

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