Savoie facts for kids
Prefecture building of the Savoie department, in Chambéry
Location of Savoie in France
|• Total||6,028.3 km2 (2,327.5 sq mi)|
|• Density||70.8200/km2 (183.4229/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||FR-73|
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.
The department of Savoie was created in 1860 from the southern part of the Duchy of Sardinia with four arrondissements: Chambéry, Albertville, Moûtiers and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne. The capital was Chambéry.
On 10 September 1926, the arrondissement of Moûtiers was eliminated.
Much of Savoie is covered by mountains; the highest mountain in the department is La Grande Casse (Alps; it is 3,855 m (12,648 ft) high.) in the
The main rivers in the department are the Isère and its tributary Arch; both flow through the department from east to west. They are within the watershed of the Rhône river. The main lake in the department is the Lac du Bourget, the largest and deepest lake entirely in France.
Savoie is a member of the UNPO (Unrepresented Nations and Peoples Organization) and maintains relations with several other underrepresented and unrepresented nations.
The following is a list of the 19 cantons of the Savoie department (with their INSEE codes), following the French canton reorganisation which came into effect in March 2015:
- Aix-les-Bains-1 (7301)
- Aix-les-Bains-2 (7302)
- Albertville-1 (7303)
- Albertville-2 (7304)
- Bourg-Saint-Maurice (7305)
- Bugey savoyard (7306)
- Chambéry-1 (7307)
- Chambéry-2 (7308)
- Chambéry-3 (7309)
- Modane (7310)
- Montmélian (7311)
- La Motte-Servolex (7312)
- Moûtiers (7313)
- Le Pont-de-Beauvoisin (7314)
- La Ravoire (7315)
- Saint-Alban-Leysse (7316)
- Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne (7317)
- Saint-Pierre-d'Albigny (7318)
- Ugine (7319)
The inhabitants of Savoie are known, in French, as Savoyards (women: Savoyardes).
Savoie had a population, in 2014, of 426,924, for a population density of 70.8 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Chambéry, with 271,647 inhabitants, is the arrondissement with more inhabitants.
Evolution of the population in Haute-Savoie
The communes in the department with more inhabitants are:
Hautecombe Abbey on the Lac du Bourget.
Images for kids
Aime (vue générale).JPG
High elevation: the village of Aime.
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