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Maripasoula is a commune
Communes of France
The commune is the lowest level of administrative division in the French Republic. French communes are roughly equivalent to incorporated municipalities or villages in the United States or Gemeinden in Germany...

 of French Guiana
French Guiana
French Guiana is an overseas region of France, consisting of a single overseas department located on the northern Atlantic coast of South America. It has borders with two nations, Brazil to the east and south, and Suriname to the west...

, an overseas region and department of France
The French Republic , The French Republic , The French Republic , (commonly known as France , is a unitary semi-presidential republic in Western Europe with several overseas territories and islands located on other continents and in the Indian, Pacific, and Atlantic oceans. Metropolitan France...

 located in South America
South America
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. With a land area of 18360 km² (7,088.8 sq mi), Maripasoula is the largest commune of France, and is recognized as the fourteenth largest city in the world by surface area.


Geographic Information of Maripasoula:
  • Area of 18,360.00 km² or 7088.84 sq mi
  • The town is located 100 metres above sea level.
    • Minimum altitude 66 metres
    • Maximum elevation 828 metres
    • Average altitude 447 metres
  • Time Zone: UTC -3:00 (America / Paramaribo)
    • Summer time and winter time does not differ from standard time.

The surrounding of the town are
  • Maripasoula airfield 1.9 km
  • Customs post Inini 4.1 km
  • Island Agoussou Tabiki 5.9 km
  • Hill Yaou 14.5 km
  • Mountains Mount Atachi Bacca 15.9 km
  • Mountain Mountain Bellevue Maripasoula 16.8 km
  • Dock Degrad Bois Blanc 23.6 km
  • Aerodrome Coermotibo 24.2 km
  • Place Degrad Fofo 26.2 km
  • Island Zaou Tabiki 27.9 km


Maripasoula City is the capital of the canton.

Mayor of Maripasoula is called sir Robert Balla.
For all your administrative tasks, you can go to City Hall Avenue Leonard Domerger.

The municipality is part of the Ouest Guyanais community of communes.


Its inhabitants are known in French as Maripasouliens and Maripasouliennes.

The town has 4,538 inhabitants from the last population census from 2004. With a density of 0.2 inhabitants per km², Maripasoula was a sharp increase of 24.3% of its population by 1999.
  • Male 52.5%
  • Female 47.5%

Old name of the town was Upper Maroni (1953).

National park

Maripasoula territory belongs to the Guiana Amazonian Park
Guiana Amazonian Park
Guiana Amazonian Park is one of the nine national parks of France, aiming at protecting part of the amazonian forest located in French Guiana...


Protected buildings and historical monuments

Petroglyphs of the Maroni river (archaeological site, ornate rock): engraved rocks, including their field of plate. Roche main site identified in 1948.

Shelter and painted shelters with archaeological remains of the Inselberg Susky (Archaeological site, rock shelter): the face is the Inselberg Susky including different projections with Shelters A (archaeological layer), B (buffers and potsherds) and F (rock paintings).

The wall of the shelter of the F Inselberg Suski includes 136 paintings dating probably AD e (...)
Features: polisher

Notable residents

Cyrille Regis
Cyrille Regis
Cyrille Regis, MBE is a French-born English former footballer. His professional playing career spanned 19 years, where he made 610 league appearances and scored 159 league goals, most prolifically at West Bromwich Albion and Coventry City.-Early life:Regis was born in Maripasoula, French Guiana,...

 (9 February 1958), a famous former West Bromwich Albion and England
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...

player, was born in Maripasoula.

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