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Coat of arms
Location of Nièvre in France
Coordinates: 47°05′N 03°30′E / 47.083°N 3.5°E / 47.083; 3.5Coordinates: 47°05′N 03°30′E / 47.083°N 3.5°E / 47.083; 3.5
Country France
Region Bourgogne
Prefecture Nevers
Subprefectures Château-Chinon
 – President of the General Council Marcel Charmant
 – Total 6,817 km2 (2,632.1 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 – Total 228,969
 – Rank 83rd
 – Density 33.6/km2 (87/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Department number 58
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 32
Communes 312
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Nièvre (IPA: [njɛvʁ]) is a department in the centre of France named after the Nièvre River.



Nièvre is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former province of Nivernais.


Nièvre is part of the current region of Burgundy, although historically it was not part of the province of Burgundy, and it is surrounded by the departments of Yonne, Côte-d'Or, Saône-et-Loire, Allier, Cher, and Loiret. The département is crossed by the Loire river, the longest river in France.


Nièvre is a rural department with about 50 inhabitants / km². The main cities are : Nevers, Cosne-sur-Loire, Varennes-Vauzelles, Marzy, Decize, Imphy and La Charité. Only three cities reach 10 000 inhabitants. It indicates the characteristic of the département, which is rural.


Nièvre is also well known for its white wine, Pouilly Fumé. The vineyards are scattered around villages including Pouilly-Sur-Loire, which lends its name to the appellation, Tracy sur Loire, Boisgibault, Saint Andelain. The word fumé is French for "smoky", and it's said the name comes from the smoky or flinty quality of these wines. The only grape allowed in the Pouilly-Fumé AC is Sauvignon Blanc, which produces wines that are generally crisp, tart, and somewhat grassy.


In common with most French wine producing departments Nièvre is traditionally a left wing department. The results of the second round of voting in presidential elections spell this out consistently.

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  • Nievre — Nièvre (département) Pour les articles homonymes, voir Nièvre. Nièvre …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Nievre — Nièvre (58) Region Burgun …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nièvre — Region Burgund Prä …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Nievre — (spr. Niähw r), 1) Departement im innern Frankreich, zwischen den Departements Loiret, Yonne, Côte d or, Saône Loire, Allier u. Cher; das sonstige Nivernois; 124,83 QM.; hüge liges Land (Berge von Morvan), viel Wald, unbedeutende Fruchtbarkeit;… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Nièvre [1] — Nièvre (spr. niǟwr ), rechter Nebenfluß der Loire im mittlern Frankreich, mündet, 48 km lang, bei Nevers …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Nièvre [2] — Nièvre (spr njǟwr ), Departement im Innern Frankreichs, ist aus der Provinz Nivernais nebst einem Teil von Gâtinais gebildet, grenzt im Norden an die Departements Loiret und Yonne, im O. an Côte d Or und Saône et Loire, im S. an Allier und im W.… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Nièvre — (spr. nĭähwr), Departement im innern Frankreich, benannt nach dem Flusse N. (r. Zufluß der Loire, 53 km lg.), 6888 qkm, (1901) 323.783 E.; Hauptort Nevers …   Kleines Konversations-Lexikon

  • Nièvre — (Niähwr), Nebenfluß der Loire u. nach ihm benanntes Depart. in Frankreich zwischen Saône Loire, Côtes dʼ Or, Yonne, Cher, Allier, 1252/3 M. groß mit 327000 E. und der Hauptstadt Nevers. Das Depart. ist reich an Wein u. Obst, baut hinlänglich… …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

  • Nièvre — (la) riv. de France (53 km), affl. de la Loire (r. dr.), avec laquelle elle conflue à Nevers. Dép.: 6 837 km²; 233 278 hab.; ch. l. Nevers (43 889 hab.). V. Bourgogne (Rég.) …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • Nièvre —   [ njɛːvr; nach dem gleichnamigen Zufluss der Loire], Département in Mittelfrankreich, Region Burgund, 6 817 km2, 225 000 Einwohner; umfasst das Nivernais und teilweise den Morvan; Verwaltungssitz: Nevers.   …   Universal-Lexikon

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