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Charvonnex (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Annecy-le-Vieux
Community association Grand Annecy
Coordinates 45 ° 59 ′  N , 6 ° 9 ′  E Coordinates: 45 ° 59 ′  N , 6 ° 9 ′  E
height 500-741 m
surface 4.71 km 2
Residents 1,356 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 288 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74370
INSEE code

Charvonnex is a French commune in the department of Haute-Savoie in the region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes .


Charvonnex is located at 570  m , about nine kilometers north of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The former farming village extends in the foothills of the Alps, on a terrace on the western slope of the Filière, below the height of Mont-Saint-Martin, in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 4.71 km² municipal area includes a section of the Genevois. The eastern border runs along the Filière , a right tributary of the Fier . The Fillière flows with several turns in an open valley parallel to the edge of the Alps from north to south. From the course of the river, the community area extends westward over the Charvonnex terrace to the adjacent height, where the highest point in the community is reached at 741  m .

In addition to the actual town center, Charvonnex also includes various hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Les Tavernettes ( 520  m ) in the Filière valley
  • Les Romands ( 620  m ) on the slope above the village
  • Doucy ( 615  m ) on the western slope of the Filière valley
  • Lécy ( 625  m ) on the western slope of the Filière

Neighboring communities of Charvonnex are Villy-le-Pelloux and Groisy in the north, Les Ollières in the east, and Saint-Martin-Bellevue in the south and west.


Charvonnex was first mentioned in a document as early as 1031 under the name Calvonacum . The place name probably goes back to the Gallo-Roman surname Calvus and means something like estate of Calvus . Until 1860 the municipality was officially called Charvonnex-en-Genevois .


The village church of Charvonnex was built in 1845 on the site of a previous church and enlarged in 1895.


Population development
year Residents
1962 363
1968 397
1975 518
1982 622
1990 704
1999 757
2005 861

With 1,356 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Charvonnex is one of the small communities in the Haute-Savoie department. In the course of the 19th and 20th centuries the number of inhabitants decreased continuously due to strong emigration (in 1861 Charvonnex still had 471 inhabitants). Since the beginning of the 1970s, however, thanks to the attractive residential area and the proximity to Annecy, there has been a significant increase in population. Numerous single-family houses were built outside the old town center.

Economy and Infrastructure

For a long time Charvonnex was predominantly an agricultural village. Today there are various small and medium-sized businesses. Several small industrial parks have developed near the main road over the past few decades. Many workers are also commuters who work in the Annecy area.

The place is well developed in terms of traffic. It is located above the main road N203, which leads from Annecy to La Roche-sur-Foron . There are other road connections with Saint-Martin-Bellevue, Villy-le-Pelloux and Groisy. The closest connection to the A41 motorway is around 6 km away. Charvonnex has a train station on the Annecy- Annemasse railway line .

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