Coordinates: 46°5′N 5°20′E
5.333°E / 46.083; 5.333
Coat of arms of the Ain department
President of the General
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude
estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger
than 1 km².
Prefecture building of the Ain department, in
Ain (French pronunciation: [ɛ̃]; Arpitan: En) is
a department named after the Ain River on
the eastern edge of France. Being part of the
region Rhône-Alpes and bordered by the
rivers Saône and Rhône, the department of
Ain enjoys a privileged geographic situation.
It has an excellent transport network (TGV,
highways) and benefits from the proximity to
international airports of Lyon and
Ain is composed of four geographically dif-
ferent areas (Bresse, Dombes, Bugey and
Pays de Gex) which – each with its own char-
acteristics – contribute to the diversity and
the dynamic economic development of the
department. In the Bresse agriculture and
agro-industry are dominated by the cultiva-
tion of cereals, cattle breeding, milk and
cheese production as well as poultry farming.
In the Dombes, pisciculture assumes greater
importance as does viticulture in the Bugey.
The high diversification of the department’s
industry is accompanied by a strong presence
of the plastics sector in and around Oyonnax
(so-called "Plastics Valley").
Due to its industrial character and a close-
meshed tissue of small and medium enter-
prises, Ain ranks among the departments
with the fastest growing economy in the
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country. Its unemployment rate lies far be-
neath the national and regional average.
Besides the export-oriented SME’s, several
large enterprises with a leading position on
national and international m