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Chavanod (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Canton Seynod
Community association Grand Annecy
Coordinates 45 ° 53 '  N , 6 ° 2'  E Coordinates: 45 ° 53 '  N , 6 ° 2'  E
height 356-624 m
surface 13.36 km 2
Residents 2,643 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 198 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74650
INSEE code

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


Chavanod is located at 508  m , about seven kilometers west of the city of Annecy (beeline). The former farming village extends west of the Annecy basin in the foothills of the Alps on a plateau around 100 m above the Fier valley , opposite Lovagny.

The area of ​​the 13.36 km² municipal area includes a section of the Genevois . The northern border runs partly on the slope below Chavanod, partly in the valley of the Fier. This flows here from east to west, alternately in a flat valley floor and in deeply cut rock gorges ( Gorges du Fier ). From the south, the Ruisseau du Marais de l'Aile , also sunk deep into the plateau, flows into the Fier. From the valley of the Fier the community area extends south to the adjacent plateaus with little relief (average 510  m ). At 624  m , the highest point of Chavanod is reached at the height west of Montagny-les-Lanches.

In addition to the actual town center, Chavanod also includes several hamlet settlements and farmsteads, including:

  • Belleville ( 405  m ) in the valley of the Ruisseau du Marais de l'Aile
  • Champanod ( 520  m ) on the southern slope of the Ruisseau du Marais de l'Aile
  • Corbier ( 525  m ) on the plateau south of the Val de Fier
  • Maclamod ( 506  m ) on the plateau south of the Val de Fier

Neighboring municipalities of Chavanod are Lovagny and Poisy in the north, Cran-Gevrier and Seynod in the east, Montagny-les-Lanches in the south and Marcellaz-Albanais and Étercy in the west.


The municipality of Chavanod was already settled in the Neolithic . Chavanod is first mentioned in a document in the early 15th century. The place name goes back to the old French word chavane (small house).


The village church of Chavanod was built in the 19th century in the neo-Gothic style. The Notre-Dame-des-Laboreurs chapel is in Champanod. Of the mundane structures, the Château de la Croix and the ruins of the former Chavaroche castle are worth mentioning.


Population development
year Residents
1962 587
1968 664
1975 1,019
1982 1,254
1990 1,489
1999 1,883

With 2643 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017) Chavanod is one of the medium-sized municipalities 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 1901 there were still 726 inhabitants in Chavanod). Since the mid-1960s, however, thanks to the proximity to Annecy, a marked increase in population has been recorded again.

Economy and Infrastructure

Until well into the 20th century, Chavanod was a predominantly agricultural village. Today there are various small and medium-sized businesses (including a construction company). Otherwise the village has developed into a residential community. Many workers are commuters who work in the Annecy area.

The village is off the main thoroughfares but is easily accessible from the D16, which runs from Annecy to Rumilly . Further road connections exist with Étercy, Montagny-les-Lanches and Lovagny. The closest connection to the A41 motorway is around 10 km away.

Web links

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