Last modified: 2012-04-30 by ivan sache
Keywords: saone-et-loire | bourgogne |
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Traditional provinces: Bourgogne, Nivernais
Bordering departments: Ain, Allier, Côte-d'Or, Jura, Loire, Nièvre, Rhône
Area: 8,575 km2
Population (1999): 544,893 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Autun, Chalon-sur-Saône, Charolles, Louhans
Subdivisions: 5 arrondissements, 57 cantons, 573 communes.
The department is named after rivers Saône (480
km), tributary of the Rhône, and Loire (1,020 km).
A proposal to rename the department "Bourgogne-du-Sud", made by the General Council in 2003, was rejected.
Ivan Sache, 14 November 2009