The town hall in Wissous

Coat of arms
Location within Île-de-France region
Coordinates: 48°43′55″N 2°19′38″E / 48.7319°N 2.3271°E / 48.7319; 2.3271Coordinates: 48°43′55″N 2°19′38″E / 48.7319°N 2.3271°E / 48.7319; 2.3271
Country France
Region Île-de-France
Department Essonne
Arrondissement Palaiseau
Canton Savigny-sur-Orge
Intercommunality CA Paris-Saclay
  Mayor (2014-2020) Richard Trinquier
Area1 9.11 km2 (3.52 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 7,661
  Density 840/km2 (2,200/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 91689 /91320
Elevation 48–99 m (157–325 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.

Wissous (French pronunciation: [visu]) is a commune in the Essonne department in Île-de-France in northern France. Paris-Orly Airport is partially located in the commune.[1]

Inhabitants of Wissous are known as Wissoussiens.


Wissous appears in an 11th-century French manuscript as a town called "Vizoor." The first mayor of Wissous was elected in 1790. Wissous experienced significant development since the beginning of the 20th century, with its population increasing by eightfold from 1900 to 2011.[2]


Wissous is located in the Longboyau plain, between the valleys of the Bièvre, the Orge, the Seine, and the Yvette.[2]


OpenSkies, an airline, is headquartered in Paray Vieille Poste, near Wissous.[3] Prior to its re-establishment as OpenSkies, the airline L'Avion (Elysair SAS) was headquartered in that location.[4] Kyocera Fineceramics Group has its design centre in Orlytech in Paray-Vieille-Poste, near Wissous.[5]


Schools in Wissous include:[6]

  • Groupe scolaire Victor-Baloche (combined elementary school and preschool)
  • Ecole maternelle La Fontaine (preschool)
  • Ecole élémentaire La Fontaine

The commune includes a library.[7]

The coat of arms contains three fleurs de lys, symbolizing Ile-de-France, on an azure background. On a red background, there are six ears of corn, which represent the agricultural activity in the commune. Each two ears have one gear underneath; the gears represent the importance of economic activity. The commune's logo, placed on official documents, has one fleur de lys, one gear, and one ear of corn.[8]

See also


  1. "Plan de Wissous." Wissous. Retrieved on 6 October 2009.
  2. 1 2 "Histoire de la ville." Wissous. Retrieved on 10 February 2011.
  3. "Contact Us." OpenSkies. Retrieved on 21 June 2009.
  4. "Contact." L'Avion. Retrieved on 1 September 2009.
  5. "Sales Offices: Micro-Electronic Packages, Fiber Optic Components and Ultra High Vacuum Products." Kyocera Europe. Retrieved on 8 February 2011.
  6. "Les écoles." Wissous. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
  7. "Présentation de la bibliothèque municipale." Wissous. Retrieved on September 3, 2016.
  8. "Blason et logo." Wissous. Retrieved on 10 February 2011.

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