|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Geneviève Gaillard|
|• Land1||68.20 km2 (26.33 sq mi)|
|• Population2 density||890/km2 (2,300/sq mi)|
|INSEE/Postal code||79191 / 79000|
|Elevation||2–77 m (6.6–252.6 ft)
(avg. 28 m or 92 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.
Niort is the French capital of mutual insurance and bank companies, with the headquarters of MAAF, MAIF, MACIF, SMACL and regional branches of national mutual companies such as Groupama, Banque Populaire. Niort is a main financial centre of France (fourth ranked after Paris, Lyon and Lille). Chemistry and aeronautics are the main industries.
Niort is a major administrative and commercial centre.
Niort has a railway station on the TGV route between Paris and La Rochelle, Gare de Niort. Direct TGV to Paris Montparnasse station takes 2 hours and 15 minutes Niort is a road and motorway junction, connected to Paris and Bordeaux by the A10 motorway, with Nantes by the A83, and with La Rochelle by the N11.
The football team is Chamois Niortais who play in the Ligue 2, the second-highest league in French football. Rugby team Stade Niortais celebrated their 100 year anniversary in 2009. The Dragons baseball team plays in the Regional League.
Niort was the birthplace of:
- Françoise d'Aubigné, marquise de Maintenon (1635–1719), second wife of Louis XIV
- Jacques Antoine Marie de Liniers et Brémond (Santiago Antonio María de Liniers y Bremond) (1753–1810), Spanish Viceroy in the Río de la Plata
- Louis-Marcelin, marquis de Fontanes (1757–1821), poet and politician
- Montaubry (1826–98), tenor associated with opéra comique and operetta
- Mamadou Camara footballer
- Henri-Georges Clouzot (1904–1977), film director
- Julien N'Da footballer
- Aurelien Capoue footballer
- Etienne Capoue footballer
Twin towns — Sister cities
Niort is twinned with:
- Atakpamé, Togo, since 1958
- Coburg, Germany, since 1974
- Wellingborough, United Kingdom, since 1977
- Springe, Germany, since 1979
- Tomelloso, Spain, since 1981
- Gijon, Spain, since 1982
- Biała Podlaska, Poland, since 1995
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