Annecy

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Annecy
Panoramic sight of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
Panoramic sight of Annecy and Lake Annecy.
Flag of Annecy
Flag
Coat of arms of Annecy
Coat of arms
Annecy is located in France
Annecy
Annecy
Coordinates: 45°54′58″N 6°07′59″E / 45.916°N 6.133°E / 45.916; 6.133Coordinates: 45°54′58″N 6°07′59″E / 45.916°N 6.133°E / 45.916; 6.133
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Haute-Savoie
Arrondissement Annecy
Intercommunality Annecy
Government
 • Mayor (since 2007) Jean-Luc Rigaut (NC)
Area
 • Land1 13.75 km2 (5.31 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 52,890
 • Population2 density 3,800/km2 (10,000/sq mi)
Time zone CET (GMT +1)
INSEE/Postal code 74010 / 74000
Dialling codes 0450
Elevation 418–9 m (1,371–30 ft)
(avg. 448 m or 1,470 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Annecy (French pronunciation: ​[an.si]; Èneci / Ènneci in Arpitan language) is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

It lies on the northern tip of Lake Annecy (Lac d'Annecy), 35 kilometres (22 miles) south of Geneva.

Administration[edit]

Annecy is the capital of Haute-Savoie.

The metropolitan area of Annecy includes 13 municipalities.

Annecy is the capital of three cantons:

History[edit]

The Hôtel de Ville (Town Hall)
Map of Annecy in 1914, French edition

Starting as the capital of the county of Geneva, after the demise of the counts of Geneva, it became integrated into the House of Savoy's possessions in 1401[clarification needed]. In 1444, it was set up by the Princes of Savoy as the capital of a region covering the possessions of the Genevois, Faucigny and Beaufortain. With the advance of Calvinism in 1535, it became a center for the Counter-Reformation and the bishop's see of Geneva was transferred here. After being suppressed in 1801, it was restored in 1822.[citation needed]

During the French Revolution the Savoy region was conquered by France. Annecy became attached to the département of Mont Blanc, of which the capital was Chambéry. After the Bourbon Restoration in 1815, it was returned to the Kingdom of Sardinia (heir of the Duchy of Savoy). When Savoy was sold to France in 1860, it became the capital of the new département of Haute-Savoie.

Francis of Sales was born at the nearby castle of Sales in 1567. He was bishop of Annecy from 1602 to 1622.

Annecy was the site of the second round of General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT) talks in 1949.

In 2012, a multiple murder occurred in the Annecy area.[1]

Geography[edit]

The Fier forms part of the commune's north-western border. The mountains around the town of Annecy are: Le Mont Veyrier, Le Semnoz, La Tournette and the Parmelan.

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Annecy, Haute-Savoie - Alt : 458m
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 16.4
(61.5)
19.2
(66.6)
23.5
(74.3)
27.4
(81.3)
32.6
(90.7)
35.1
(95.2)
36.0
(96.8)
38.5
(101.3)
30.0
(86)
26.5
(79.7)
20.6
(69.1)
19.9
(67.8)
38.5
(101.3)
Average high °C (°F) 5.4
(41.7)
7.6
(45.7)
12.0
(53.6)
15.6
(60.1)
20.5
(68.9)
24.0
(75.2)
26.1
(79)
25.7
(78.3)
20.7
(69.3)
16.0
(60.8)
9.5
(49.1)
5.6
(42.1)
15.72
(60.32)
Average low °C (°F) −1.6
(29.1)
−1.0
(30.2)
1.6
(34.9)
4.7
(40.5)
9.5
(49.1)
12.5
(54.5)
14.3
(57.7)
14.1
(57.4)
10.4
(50.7)
7.2
(45)
2.3
(36.1)
−0.7
(30.7)
6.11
(42.99)
Record low °C (°F) −23.0
(−9.4)
−15.5
(4.1)
−15.0
(5)
−6.0
(21.2)
−2.0
(28.4)
1.0
(33.8)
3.0
(37.4)
1.5
(34.7)
−2.5
(27.5)
−5.0
(23)
−11.5
(11.3)
−16.0
(3.2)
−23.0
(−9.4)
Precipitation mm (inches) 91.2
(3.591)
82.2
(3.236)
94.6
(3.724)
102.8
(4.047)
105.1
(4.138)
90.0
(3.543)
100.8
(3.969)
114.8
(4.52)
123.3
(4.854)
118.0
(4.646)
116.8
(4.598)
109.9
(4.327)
1,249.5
(49.193)
Avg. precipitation days 11 9 10 10 12 9 10 10 9 11 12 11 124
Mean monthly sunshine hours 93 117 172 196 224 262 277 242 192 138 83 70 2,066
Source: Météo France - Period 1981-2010 - Extremes since 1970.

Culture[edit]

Annecy has hosted the Annecy International Animated Film Festival since 1960 and the Rencontres Internationales d'Annecy Cinéma & Architecture since 1999.

Sport[edit]

On 23 July 2009, Annecy played host to Stage 18 of the Tour de France, as the start/finish point for an individual time trial around Lake Annecy.

Annecy bid to host the 2018 Winter Olympic Games but lost to Pyeongchang.[2] If they had been chosen, Annecy would have been the fourth French city to host the Winter Olympic Games, after Chamonix (1924), Grenoble (1968), and Albertville (1992).

Ligue 1 team Évian Thonon Gaillard F.C. play their home matches in Annecy.

The sprinter Christophe Lemaitre was born in Annecy in 1990.

The Annecy basin is one of the world's leading locations for the sport of paragliding, an activity of some economic importance to the region.[3] The area regularly hosts major competitions, most recently a leg of the Paragliding World Cup in 2012.[4]

Main sights[edit]

The Palais de l'Isle and Thiou river

Palais de l'Isle is a castle in the centre of the Thiou canal, built in 1132. It was the primary residence of the Lord of Annecy as early as the 12th century, and later became the Count of Geneva's administrative headquarters, then alternately a courthouse, a mint, and finally a jail from the Middle Ages until 1865 and then again during World War II. The Palais de l'Ile was classified as a Historical Monument in 1900, and today houses a local history museum.

Other sights in Annecy include:

Education[edit]

Population[edit]

Evolution of the Population (See database)
1793 1800 1806 1822 1838 1848 1858 1861 1866
4,440 5,130 5,467 5,724 8,252 8,547 10,374 9,370 11,554
1872 1876 1881 1886 1891 1896 1901 1906 1911
11,581 10,976 11,334 11,817 11,947 12,894 13,611 14,351 15,622
1921 1926 1931 1936 1946 1954 1962 1968 1975
15,004 17,233 20,289 23,293 26,722 33,114 43,255 54,484 53,262
1982 1990 1999 2008 - - - - -
49,965 49,644 50,348 50,115 - - - - -

Sources : Ldh/EHESS/Cassini until 1962, INSEE database from 1968 (population without double counting and municipal population from 2006) · [5]


Histogram on demographic change

   
 
 
 
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1820
 
1840
 
1860
 
1880
 
1900
 
1920
 
1940
 
1960
 
1980
 
2000
 
Sources - database Cassini of EHESS and Insee See database


Research organisations[edit]

  • LAPP Laboratoire d'Annecy-le-Vieux de Physique des Particules specialized in Physics
  • Mecatronics department of CETIM
  • Different R&D activities in the Université de Savoie and its École Polytechnique d'Ingenieurs: Polytech'Savoie.

Economy[edit]

Logo of the City of Annecy

Companies located in and around Annecy include:

Transport[edit]

The Gare d'Annecy railway station offers connections with Lyon, Geneva, Paris, Grenoble and several regional destinations.

International relations[edit]

Twin towns – Sister cities[edit]

Annecy is twinned with:

Associations[edit]

Together with other Alpine towns Annecy engages in the Alpine Town of the Year Association for the implementation of the Alpine Convention to achieve sustainable development in the Alpine Arc. Annecy is also Alpine Town of the Year 2012.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "France shootings: Three victims shot in head". BBC News Online (BBC). 2012-09-06. Retrieved 2012-09-06. 
  2. ^ From Paula Hancocks, CNN. "South Korean city to host 2018 Winter Olympics". CNN.com. Retrieved 2013-03-25. 
  3. ^ Paragliding in the Annecy Basin (in French), DRDJS Rhone Alpes, archived from the original on December 3, 2010, retrieved October 30, 2011 
  4. ^ World Cup France Talloires 2012, retrieved 2014-08-15 
  5. ^ Census of population on 1 January 2006 on the site of Insee.
  6. ^ "British towns twinned with French towns [via WaybackMachine.com]". Archant Community Media Ltd. Archived from the original on 5 July 2013. Retrieved 2013-07-20. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Annecy at Wikimedia Commons