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Var

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''This article is about a French département. For other meanings, see Var (disambiguation).

Var
Coat of Arms du Var
Details
Information
Number83
RegionProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
PrefectureToulon
SubprefectureBrignoles
Draguignan
Population
 - Total (1999)
 - Density
Ranked 21st
898,441
150 /km2
Area5,973 km2
Arrondissementss3
Cantons43
Communes153
President of the
general council
XX
Location
Location of du Var in France

Var is a département of southern France.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Economy
4 Demographics
5 Culture
6 Miscellaneous topics
7 External links

History

Var was formed in 1790 of a part of Lower Provence, but in 1860 it was reduced by the transfer of the district of Grasse to the newly formed département of the Alpes-Maritimes, which is why the Var River does not now flow in the département to which it gives its name.

Geography

Var is bounded on the north by the département of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (the Verdon river forming the boundary), on the east by that of the Alpes-Maritimes, on the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the west by the département of the Bouches-du-Rhône.

Its area is 5,973 km², its greatest length is about 62 miles, and its greatest breadth about 56 miles.

Economy

Demographics

Culture

Miscellaneous topics

External links

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