Economy & industrial fabric
A little history...
Although Savoie has been a French department since 1860, it wasn't until 1880, when the railway lines to Italy, Annecy and Lyons were completed, that the economy of the region started to show real growth. Even at this early date, the strategic importance of the area was clear as the railways had converted Savoie from a mere point of passage to a hub of economic exchange.
Savoie in the 21st century
Today Savoie occupies a strategic position close to Italy, Switzerland and Germany a factor of prime importance within the framework of an ever-expanding Europe. The growing population and economy of the area are constantly reinforcing this key advantage in terms of regional, inter-regional and international development.
The area's prosperity is based on the success of service industries linked to tourism, the vigor of small businesses, the presence of large industrial groups, and a philosophy of openness towards the world.
Savoie - General Presentation
- One of 8 departments in Rhône-Alpes, the second largest region in France
- Area : 6,028 km² (14% of Rhône-Alpes)
- Population : 403,499 (average density of 67 inhabitants / km²)
- Motorways : 103 km.
- 60 winter sports resorts
- 6 spa resorts
- Lacke Bourget, the largest natural lake in France
- 3 national and regional parks : the Vanoise National Park, the Bauges Regional Park and the Chartreuse Regional Park
- 3 major urban centers : Chambéry, Albertville, and Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne
- 305 districts councils : 63 urban and 242 rural
- 7 economic regions : Avant-Pays Savoyard, Coeur de Savoie, Chambéry, Lac de Bourget, Maurienne, Albertville-Ugine, and Tarentaise-Vanoise
Savoie "Départementale" Council
- President : Mr. Hervé GAYMARD
- 37 "Départemental" Counselors including the president
- Responsibilities : social action, secondary ("départemental") roads, infrastructure, schools, school transportation, housing, sports, culture, tourism, and economic development