Meurthe-et-Moselle department

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Coat of arms of the department of Meurthe-et-Moselle
Finistère Côtes-d’Armor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Loire-Atlantique Vendée Manche Mayenne Orne Calvados Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Indre-et-Loire Vienne Deux-Sèvres Indre Loir-et-Cher Eure Eure-et-Loir Seine-Maritime Oise Aisne Somme Pas-de-Calais Nord Ardennes Marne Meuse Meurthe-et-Moselle Haute-Marne Vosges Moselle Haut-Rhin Bas-Rhin Territoire de Belfort Cher Loiret Yonne Aube Côte-d’Or Nièvre Haute-Saône Essonne Yvelines Seine-et-Marne Val-d’Oise Hauts-de-Seine Val-de-Marne Seine-Saint-Denis Paris Doubs Jura Saône-et-Loire Allier Creuse Haute-Vienne Charente Charente-Maritime Corrèze Dordogne Gironde Puy-de-Dôme Loire Rhône Ain Haute-Savoie Cantal Lot Savoie Haute-Loire Isère Ardèche Landes Lot-et-Garonne Hautes-Alpes Drôme Alpes-Maritimes Var Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Vaucluse Bouches-du-Rhône Gard Hérault Lozère Aveyron Tarn Tarn-et-Garonne Gers Pyrènèes-Atlantiques Hautes-Pyrénées Aude Pyrénées-Orientales Haute-Garonne Ariège Haute-Corse Corse-du-Sud Vereinigtes Königreich Andorra Guernsey Jersey Niederlande Belgien Luxemburg Deutschland Liechtenstein Monaco Österreich Schweiz Italien SpanienLocation of the Meurthe-et-Moselle department in France
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region Grand Est
prefecture Nancy
Sub-prefecture (s) Briey
Residents 733,481 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 140 inhabitants per km²
surface 5,245.90 km²
Arrondissements 4th
Community associations 20th
Cantons 23
Communities 591
President of the
Department Council
Mathieu Klein
ISO-3166-2 code FR-54
Location of the Meurthe-et-Moselle
Location of Meurthe-et-Moselle in the
region Grand Est

The department of Meurthe-et-Moselle [ mœʀtemɔˈzɛl ] is the French department with serial number 54. It is located in the north-east of the country in the Grand Est region and is named after the rivers Meurthe and Mosel . The capital ( prefecture , French préfecture ) is Nancy , sub-prefectures are Briey , Lunéville and Toul .


The department borders in the north with the Belgian province of Luxembourg and Luxembourg , in the northeast with the department Moselle , in the extreme southeast with the department Bas-Rhin , in the south with the department Vosges and in the west with the department Meuse .

coat of arms

In gold, a red diagonal bar covered with three mutilated silver eagles, accompanied by two blue wavy strips diagonally to the right.

This is the coat of arms of the old Duchy of Lorraine, in the center of which the département is located, supplemented by the two blue wavy strips that symbolize the Meurthe and Moselle rivers.

Creation of the department after the Franco-Prussian War in 1871


The department was founded on September 7, 1871 with the four arrondissements Briey, Lunéville, Nancy and Toul.

As a result of the Franco-Prussian War, Alsace and, above all, the German-speaking part of Lorraine had been annexed to the newly founded German Empire as "Reichsland" ; This mainly affected the largest part of the Moselle department and the Sarrebourg and Château-Salins of the Meurthe department . The areas of the two departments that remained with France were merged in the same year to form the new department of Meurthe-et-Moselle.

The current border between the departments of Moselle and Meurthe-et-Moselle was the state border between Germany ( German Empire ) and France ( Third French Republic ) from 1871 to 1919 . When Germany had to return the territory of the Reichsland to France as a result of the lost World War I in 1919 under the Versailles Treaty , the French state retained the border between the departments drawn in 1871.

From 1960 to 2016, the department was part of the Lorraine region , which in 2016 became part of the Grand Est region.


The most populous communes in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department are:

city Population
Nancy 104.286 Nancy
Vandœuvre-lès-Nancy 30.002
Luneville 18,287 Luneville
Toul 15,832 Toul
Longwy 14,378 Briey
Villers-lès-Nancy 14,415 Nancy
Pont-à-Mousson 14,228
Laxou 14,444
Maxeville 9,814
Saint-Max 9,965

Administrative division

The department of Meurthe-et-Moselle is divided into 4 arrondissements with 23 cantons and 592 communes :

Communes and arrondissements in the Meurthe-et-Moselle department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Briey 6th 128 000000000166540.0000000000166,540 1,142.77 000000000000146.0000000000146 541
Luneville 3 164 000000000078300.000000000078,300 1,450.74 000000000000054.000000000054 542
Nancy 16 188 000000000419380.0000000000419.380 1,509.34 000000000000278.0000000000278 543
Toul 5 111 000000000069261.000000000069,261 1,143.05 000000000000061.000000000061 544
Meurthe-et-Moselle department 23 591 000000000733481.0000000000733.481 5,245.90 000000000000140.0000000000140 54

See also:


  • From 1926 to 1943, the Arrondissement of Toul was dissolved.
  • In 1997, the village of Han-devant-Pierrepont from the canton of Spincourt (Arrondissement Verdun) of the Département Meuse was incorporated into the canton Longuion (Arrondissement Briey) of the Département Meurthe-et-Moselle.
  • Due to a change in the electoral law in 2014, the cantons had to be redesigned from 2015. Instead of the previous 44 cantons, the département is now divided into 23 cantons, whereby these are no longer necessarily assigned to the communes of a single arrondissement.


The LGV Est européenne high-speed line runs through the Meurthe-et-Moselle department with the 1510 m long Moselle viaduct near Vandières.


Web links

Commons : Département Meurthe-et-Moselle  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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Coordinates: 48 ° 41 ′  N , 6 ° 10 ′  E