Savoie

Savoie (pronounced [savwa]; Franco-Provençal: Savouè; Italian: Savoia [saˈvɔːja]; English: Savoy /səˈvɔɪ/) is a department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region of Southeastern France. Located in the French Alps, its prefecture is Chambéry. In 2017, Savoie had a population of 431,174.

Savoie
Savouè  (Arpitan)
Location of Savoie in France
Coordinates: 45°35′N 6°20′E
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
PrefectureChambéry
SubprefecturesAlbertville
Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
Government
  President of the Departmental CouncilHervé Gaymard (LR)
Area
  Total6,028 km2 (2,327 sq mi)
Elevation
1,595 m (5,233 ft)
Highest elevation
3,855 m (12,648 ft)
Lowest elevation
208 m (682 ft)
Population
 (2017)
  Total431,174
  Rank57th
  Density72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
Department number73
Arrondissements3
Cantons19
Communes273
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries and lakes, ponds and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Together with Haute-Savoie, it is one of the two departments of the historic region of Savoy; the Duchy of Savoy was annexed by France in 1860, following the signature of the Treaty of Turin. The area is known for its numerous ski resorts and contribution to French cuisine, with culinary specialities such as fondue savoyarde, tartiflette, génépi, as well as various sorts of saucisson.