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Coat of arms
Location of Haute-Loire in France
Coordinates: 45°0′N 4°0′E / 45°N 4°E / 45; 4Coordinates: 45°0′N 4°0′E / 45°N 4°E / 45; 4
Country France
Region Auvergne
Prefecture Le Puy-en-Velay
Subprefectures Brioude
 - President of the General Council Gérard Roche
 - Total 4,977 km2 (1,921.6 sq mi)
Population (1999)
 - Total 209,113
 - Rank 85th
 - Density 42/km2 (108.8/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 - Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 43
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 35
Communes 260
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Haute-Loire (Occitan: Naut Léger) is a department in south-central France named after the Loire River.



Haute-Loire is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Auvergne, Languedoc, and Lyonnais.


Haute-Loire is part of the current region of Auvergne and is surrounded by the departments of Loire, Ardèche, Lozère, Cantal, and Puy-de-Dôme.

The department covers the upper reaches of the Loire. Parts of the department belong to Parc naturel régional Livradois-Forez.


The inhabitants of the department are called Altiligériens.

Notable residents

See also


  1. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

External links

  • (English) Tourist website
  • (English) The Haut-Allier Website concerned with the western half of the Haute Loire which follows the relatively unknown Allier valley and gorges
  • (English) (French) Regordane Info Independent portal for the Regordane Way or St Gilles Trail. (The Regordane Way crosses The Haute-Loire, commencing from Le Puy southwards)

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