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Meurthe-et-Moselle
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Coat of Arms de la Meurthe-et-Moselle


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Number 54
Region Lorraine
Prefecture Nancy
Subprefecture Briey
Lunéville
Toul
Population


 - Total (1999)
 - Density

Ranked 28th


713,779


136 /km²
Area 5,246 km²;
Arrondissements 4
Cantons 44
Communes 594
President of the
general council
Michel Dinet
Location

Meurthe-et-Moselle is a département in the northeast of France named after the Meurthe and Moselle rivers.

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History

Meurthe-et-Moselle was created in 1871 at the end of Franco-Prussian War from territories of the departments of Moselle and Meurthe which remained to France. The current boundary between Meurthe-et-Moselle and Moselle was the border of France and Germany from 1871 to 1919.


Geography

Meurthe-et-Moselle is part of the region of Lorraine and is surrounded by the departments of Meuse, Vosges, Bas-Rhin and Moselle and by Luxembourg and Belgium.


Its extends from north to south for 130 kilometers and between 7 and 103 kilometers from west to east.


The important rivers are the following:

  • Moselle
  • Meurthe
  • Chiers
  • Vezouze

Economy

The economy was highly dependent on mining until the 1960s. There are iron, salt, and lime extraction sites.


The urban area around Nancy has a very dynamic economy based largely on services, research, and higher education.


Demographics

The inhabitants of the department are called Meurthe-et-Moselliens.


The area around Nancy has become highly urbanized, whereas the Santois in the south is quite rural.


External links

  • Prefecture website (http://www.meurthe-et-moselle.pref.gouv.fr/) (in French)
  • Conseil Général website (http://www.cg54.fr) (in French)
  • http://www.cdt-meurthe-et-moselle.fr/
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