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Location of 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 Bourgogne
Prefecture Mâcon
Subprefectures Autun
 – President of the General Council Arnaud Montebourg
 – Total 8,575 km2 (3,310.8 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 – Total 571,193
 – Rank 43nd
 – Density 66.6/km2 (172.5/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 71
Arrondissements 5
Cantons 57
Communes 573
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Saône-et-Loire (Sona-et-Lêre in Arpitan language) is a French department, named after the Saône and the Loire rivers between which it lies.



When it was formed during the French Revolution, as of March 4, 1790 in fulfillment of the law of December 22, 1789, the new department combined parts of the provinces of southern Burgundy and Bresse, uniting lands that had no previous common history nor political unity and which have no true geographical unity. Thus its history is that of Burgundy, and is especially to be found in the local histories of Autun, Mâcon, Chalon-sur-Saône, Charolles and Louhans.


Saône-et-Loire is the seventh largest department of France and the most densely populated in the region of Bourgogne. In the east the department is composed of the hills of the Autunois, the region around Autun, of the Charollais and of the Mâconnais. In the centre it is traversed from north to south by the Saône in its wide plain; the Saône is a tributary of the River Rhône that joins it at Lyon and thus is connected to the Mediterranean Sea. The Loire makes its way in the opposite direction, draining into the Atlantic Ocean. The Canal du Centre links the Saône to the Loire between Chalon-sur-Saône and Digoin, thereby linking the Mediterranean Sea to the Atlantic ocean. In the east the department occupies the northern part of the plain of Bresse. In the west its industrial heart is in Le Creusot and Montceau-les-Mines.

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