Department of Savoie

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Coat of arms of the department of Savoie
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 Savoie department in France
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region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
prefecture Chambery
Sub-prefecture (s) Albertville
Residents 431,174 (Jan. 1, 2017)
Population density 72 inhabitants per km²
surface 6,028.25 km²
Arrondissements 3
Community associations 18th
Cantons 19th
Communities 273
President of the
Department Council
Hervé Gaymard ( UMP )
ISO-3166-2 code FR-73
Location of the Savoie
Location of the department of Savoie in the
region of Auvergne Rhône-Alpes

The Savoie department [ savwa ] ( dt. Savoy ) is the French department with the atomic number 73. It is in the east of the country in the region Auvergne Rhône-Alpes at the border to Italy and to the landscape Savoy named.


The department borders on the Haute-Savoie department to the north, the Italian metropolitan city of Turin and the Hautes-Alpes department to the east and south, and the Isère and Ain departments to the west . 88% of the area already belong to the Alps. The Savoie department is thus the department with the largest proportion of mountainous land in France. The highest point is the Grande Casse at 3,855 m , the lowest point is the Lac du Bourget at 210 m and the mean height above sea level is 1,500 m. There are a total of 89 artificially created lakes with an average storage volume of 890 million m³ and 2,200 kilometers of watercourses, of which the Isère , which receives many small tributaries, is the most important.


The area did not become part of France until 1860 through the cession of territory by the Kingdom of Sardinia-Piedmont ; the department was formed on June 15, 1860.

From 1960 to 2015 it was part of the Rhône-Alpes region , which in 2016 became part of the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region.

coat of arms

Description: A common, silver cross in red .

Administrative division

Communes and arrondissements in the Savoie department
Arrondissement Cantons Communities Residents
January 1, 2017
Density of
population / km²
Albertville 5 69 000000000111446.0000000000111,446 2,466.14 000000000000045.000000000045 731
Chambery 12 151 000000000276782.0000000000276,782 1,586.09 000000000000175.0000000000175 732
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne 3 53 000000000042946.000000000042,946 1,976.02 000000000000022.000000000022nd 733
Department of Savoie 19th 273 000000000431174.0000000000431.174 6,028.25 000000000000072.000000000072 73
Cantons in the Savoie department (as of 2017)

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Only a third of the soil in the department is suitable for arable farming. Of the total area, 90,028 hectares are arable and garden land, 65,033 are on artificial meadows, 55,482 are on natural meadows, 122,615 are on wooded areas, 9,912 hectares are on vineyards (→ Savoie (wine-growing area) ).

Apart from grain (approx. 1 million hl), the most important soil products are: potatoes, tobacco, hemp, chestnuts and wine (approx. 140,000 hl). In the extensive pastureland, cattle-breeding, especially cattle and sheep (in 1882 140,375 of the former, 89,533 of the latter), is very rewarding, and silk weaving is also worth mentioning. From the mineral kingdom , the excellent building material available everywhere, as well as hard coal and iron ore, should be mentioned. Excellent mineral springs can be found in Aix-les-Bains .

The industry extends mainly to silk weaving, then paper manufacture and is otherwise insignificant.


The Mont-Cenis-Bahn with the branch lines to Albertville , Grenoble and Annecy cuts through the department.


The orienteering world championships were held in August 2011 in Savoie.

Web links

Commons : Savoie  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1., accessed on September 8, 2012
  2. a b La Savoie en chiffres. (PDF; 2.9 MB) Retrieved September 28, 2013 (French).

Coordinates: 45 ° 34 '  N , 5 ° 55'  E