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Prefecture building of the Saône-et-Loire department, in Mâcon
Prefecture building of the Saône-et-Loire department, in Mâcon
Coat of arms
Coat of arms
Saône-et-Loire in France
Coordinates: 46°40′N 04°42′E / 46.667°N 4.7°E / 46.667; 4.7Coordinates: 46°40′N 04°42′E / 46.667°N 4.7°E / 46.667; 4.7
Country France
Region Burgundy
Département 4 March 1790
Prefecture Mâcon
Subprefecture Autun
 • President of the General Council Rémi Chaintron
 • Total 8,574.7 km2 (3,310.7 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 555,999
 • Rank 47th
 • Density 64.8418/km2 (167.9395/sq mi)
Demonym Saône-et-Loiriens
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-71
Arrondissements 5
Cantons 57
Communes 573

Saône-et-Loire is a department in the centre of France, in the Burgundy region. It is named after the Saône and the Loire rivers. The largest city in the department is Chalon-sur-Saône but the prefecture (capital) is the smaller city of Mâcon.

History[change | change source]

Saône-et-Loire is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790 with Mâcon as its capital.[3] It was formed from combined parts of the old provinces of southern Burgundy and Bresse, uniting lands which have no true geographical unity.

It was divided in seven districts: Autun, Bourbon-Lancy, Chalon-sur-Saône, Charolles, Louhans, Mâcon and Semur-en-Brionnais.[4] That same year, the name of the district Semur-en-Brionnais was changed to Marcigny.[3]

In 1800, with the creation of the arrondissements in France, the seven districts were changed into five arrondissements: Mâcon, Autun, Chalon-sur-Saône, Charolles and Louhans.[3]

After the Battle of Waterloo (18 June 1815), the department was occupied by the Austrian army from June 1815 to November 1818.

On 10 September 1926, the arrondissement of Louhans was eliminated but in 1942 it became again an arrondissement of the department.[3]

Geography[change | change source]

Map of Saône-et-Loire.

Saône-et-Loire is part of the Burgundy region. It has an area of 8,574.7 km2 (3,311 sq mi);[1] the seventh largest department of France.

The department borders with 4 regions and 7 departments:

There are five natural regions in the department:

  1. Autunois, to the northwest; it is the region around Autun.
  2. Charolais, to the southwest and around the commune of Charolles.
  3. Chalonnais, to the north with Chalon-sur-Saône as the main city.
  4. Mâconnais, to the south and around the commune of Mâcon.
  5. Bresse, to the east of the Saône river with Louhans as the main city.

The main rivers in the department are the Loire, that makes most of the western border of the department and that flows to the north, into the Atlantic Ocean; and the Saône, in the eastern part of the department and that flows to the south and joins the Rhône river at Lyon.

Climate[change | change source]

The Köppen climate classification type for the climate at Charnay-lès-Mâcon is an "Oceanic climate" (also known as Maritime Temperate climate) and of the subtype "Cfb".[5]

The average temperature for the year in Charnay-lès-Mâcon, to the west of Mâcon and where is the local airport, is 11.7 °C (53.1 °F). The warmest month, on average, is July with an average temperature of 21.1 °C (70.0 °F). The coolest month, on average is January, with an average temperature of 2.8 °C (37.0 °F).

The average amount of precipitation for the year in Charnay-lès-Mâcon is 866.1 mm (34.10 in). The month with the most precipitation on average is October with 96.5 mm (3.80 in) of precipitation. The month with the least precipitation on average is August with an average of 50.8 mm (2.00 in).[5]

Administration[change | change source]

Saône-et-Loire is managed by the General Council of Saône-et-Loire in Mâcon. The department is part of the Burgundy region.

Administrative divisions[change | change source]

There are 5 arrondissements (districts), 57 cantons and 573 communes (municipalities) in Saône-et-Loire.

Arrondissement Capital Population
Cantons Communes
Autun Autun 88,316   1,900.3   46.5 11 83
Chalon-sur-Saône Chalon-sur-Saône 198,850   1,726.0   115.2 15 151
Charolles Charolles 100,359   2,500.3   40.1 13 136
Louhans Louhans 55,220   1,248.5   44.2 8 79
Mâcon Mâcon 113,254   1,199.6   94.4 10 124
Total   555,999   8,574.7   64.8 57 573

Cantons of the arrondissement of Autun

Chalon-sur-Saône and the Saône river.

Cantons of the arrondissement of Chalon-sur-Saône

Cows outside of the Maison du Charolais, Charolles.

Cantons of the arrondissement of Charolles

Market in Louhans.

Cantons of the arrondissement of Louhans

La Bourbonne river near Lugny.

Cantons of the arrondissement of Mâcon

Demographics[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Saône-et-Loire are known, in French, as Saône-et-Loiriens (women: Saône-et-Loiriennes).[6]

Saône-et-Loire had a population, in 2011, of 555,999,[2] for a population density of 64.8 inhabitants/km2. The arrondissement of Chalon-sur-Saône, with 198,850 inhabitants, is the arrondissement with more inhabitants.[7]

The cities with more than 9,000 inhabitants in the department are:[7]

City Population
Chalon-sur-Saône 44,847 Chalon-sur-Saône
Mâcon 33,730 Mâcon
Le Creusot 22,620 Autun
Montceau-les-Mines 19,124 Chalon-sur-Saône
Autun 14,426 Autun
Paray-le-Monial 9,094 Charolles

Gallery[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Département de Saône-et-Loire (71) - Résumé statistique" (in French). Publications et statistiques pour la France ou les régions. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Populations légales 2011" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 "Historique de Saône-et-Loire" (in French). Le SPLAF. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  4. "Histoire" (in French). Saône-et-Loire - Le Départment. Retrieved 8 November 2014.
  5. 5.0 5.1 "Charnay-lès-Mâcon, France - Climate Summary". Weatherbase. Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  6. "Saône-et-Loire (71)" (in French). Retrieved 9 November 2014.
  7. 7.0 7.1 7.2 "Populations légales en vigueur à compter du 1er janvier 2014: Saône-et-Loire" (in French) (pdf). Populations légales 2011 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer. Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 9 November 2014.

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