Prefecture building of the Meuse department, in Bar-le-Duc
Location of Meuse in France
|• President of the General Council||Christian Namy|
|• Total||6,211 km2 (2,398 sq mi)|
|• Density||31/km2 (80/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2|
Meuse is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It was created from the former provinces of Barrois (area of Bar-le-Duc) and Three Bishoprics (area of Verdun).
Meuse is part of the current region of Lorraine and is surrounded by the French departments of Ardennes, Marne, Haute-Marne, Vosges, Meurthe-et-Moselle, and Belgium on the north. Parts of Meuse belong to Parc naturel régional de Lorraine.
The important rivers are the following:
The population has decreased sharply since the 19th century, with the rural exodus to the cities.
Chapel of Vaucouleurs
- Cantons of the Meuse department
- Communes of the Meuse department
- Arrondissements of the Meuse department
- (French) Official Tourist Board website
- (English) Rhine-Meuse delta studies
- Bibliography on Water Resources and International Law Peace Palace Library