Haute-Savoie facts for kids
Prefecture building of the Haute-Savoie department, in Annecy
Location of Haute-Savoie in France
|• Total||4,387.8 km2 (1,694.1 sq mi)|
|• Density||178.4783/km2 (462.257/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||FR-74|
Before 1860, the territory of the modern Haute-Savoie and Savoie departments had been part of the Kingdom of Sardinia, as a Duchy, since 1713. Annexation of the region by France was made in 1860. In that year, the Emperor Napoléon III divided the territory in two departments: Savoie, to the south, with the city of Chambéry, and Haute-Savoie, to the north, with the city of Annecy.
Haute ("High") in the name Haute-Savoie is not because of the altitude but because of its position, to the north, in the territory.
On 10 September 1926, the arrondissement of Saint-Julien was eliminated but became again an arrondissement in 1933.
In the territory of the department is a part of the Mont Blanc massif, on the border with Italy. The average altitude of the department is of about 1,160 m (3,810 ft). The highest point in the department is Mont Blanc ( ; it is 4,810 m (15,781 ft) high, the highest point of France, Italy and of Western Europe.
The Haute-Savoie department is within the watershed of the Rhône river but with short rivers. There are two important lakes in the department: the Lake Geneva, shared with Switzerland, and the Lake Annecy.
The following is a list of the 17 cantons of the Haute-Savoie department (with their INSEE codes), following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:
- Annecy-1 (7401)
- Annecy-2 (7402)
- Annecy-le-Vieux (7403)
- Annemasse (7404)
- Bonneville (7405)
- Cluses (7406)
- Évian-les-Bains (7407)
- Faverges (7408)
- Gaillard (7409)
- Le Mont-Blanc (7410)
- La Roche-sur-Foron (7411)
- Rumilly (7412)
- Saint-Julien-en-Genevois (7413)
- Sallanches (7414)
- Sciez (7415)
- Seynod (7416)
- Thonon-les-Bains (7417)
The inhabitants of Haute-Savoie are known, in French, as Haut-Savoyards (women: Haut-Savoyardes).
Haute-Savoie had a population, in 2014, of 783,127, for a population density of 178.5 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Annecy, with 276,382 inhabitants, is the arrondissement with more inhabitants.
Evolution of the population in Haute-Savoie
The communes in the department with more inhabitants are:
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Arve Valley and the town of Cluses
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