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Region: Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Traditional province: Provence
Bordering departments: Hautes-Alpes, Alpes-Maritimes, Drôme, Var, Vaucluse
Bordering country: Italy (province of Piemonte)
Area: 6,925 km2
Population (1995): 138,800 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Barcelonnette, Castellane, Forcalquier
Subdivisions: 4 arrondissements, 32 cantons, 200 communes.
The department is named after the Alps mountains and the traditional province of Provence. It was formerly named Basses-Alpes (Lower-Alpes), and it was renamed Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (Alps of Upper-Provence) because "lower" was regarded as derogatory by the inhabitants of the department.