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Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône (France)
region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Canton Saint-Julien-en-Genevois
Community association Usses and Rhône
Coordinates 46 ° 4 '  N , 5 ° 49'  E Coordinates: 46 ° 4 '  N , 5 ° 49'  E
height 322-537 m
surface 7.85 km 2
Residents 526 (January 1, 2017)
Population density 67 inhabitants / km 2
Post Code 74910
INSEE code

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


Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône is located at 430  m , near Bellegarde-sur-Valserine , about 30 kilometers northwest of the city of Annecy (as the crow flies). The farming village extends on a promontory above the Rhone Valley , above the Génissiat dam, at the eastern foot of the Jura , in the Genevois .

The area of ​​the 7.85 km² municipal area covers a section of the western Genevois. The western border is formed by the Rhône, which is located here in a valley sunk more than 100 m deep into the surrounding plateaus, which runs from north to south, and is dammed by the Génissiat dam. There is a bottleneck near the village where the limestone cliffs drop vertically into the reservoir. The community area extends from the river to the high plateau bordering to the east ( 500  m on average ), which is subdivided by several short erosion valleys that open towards the Rhône. In the Bois du Clos forest area , at 537  m, the highest point in Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône is reached.

In addition to the actual town center, Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône also includes several hamlet settlements and farms, including:

  • Cusinens ( 460  m ) on the eastern slope of the Rhône valley
  • Beaumont ( 480  m ) on a ledge above the Rhône valley
  • Sur les Crêts ( 500  m ) on the plateau east of the Rhône valley

Neighboring municipalities of Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône are Éloise in the northeast, Chêne-en-Semine in the southeast, Franclens in the south and Injoux-Génissiat , Billiat and Bellegarde-sur-Valserine in the west.


Saint-Germain is first mentioned in a document in the early 15th century. Until 1801 the municipality was called Saint-Germain , after which it was renamed Saint-Germain-en-Sémine and in 1815 Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône . From 1818 the name was again changed to Saint-Germain before the current official name was finally introduced in 1860.


The village church of Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône dates from the 19th century.


Population development
year Residents
1962 103
1968 84
1975 169
1982 187
1990 230
1999 305
2005 373

With 526 inhabitants (as of January 1, 2017), Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône 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 there were still 638 inhabitants in Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône). Since the beginning of the 1970s, however, a significant increase in population has been recorded.

Economy and Infrastructure

Saint-Germain-sur-Rhône is still a predominantly agricultural village today . There are also some local small businesses. A large number of those in employment are commuters who work in the larger towns in the area, particularly in Bellegarde-sur-Valserine .

The village is located away from the larger thoroughfares. Local road links exist with Éloise (Bellegarde-sur-Valserine), Chêne-en-Semine and Franclens. The closest connection to the A40 motorway is around 6 km away.

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