Albertville

Albertville (French pronunciation: [albɛʁvil] (listen); Arpitan: Arbèrtvile) is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Albertville
A general view of Albertville

Coat of arms
Location of Albertville
Albertville
Albertville
Coordinates: 45°40′36″N 6°23′36″E
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentSavoie
ArrondissementAlbertville
CantonAlbertville-1
Albertville-2
IntercommunalityArlysère
Government
  Mayor (2017-2020) Frédéric Burnier-Framboret
Area
1
17.54 km2 (6.77 sq mi)
Population
 (2016-01-01)[1]
19,758
  Density1,100/km2 (2,900/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
73011 /73200
Elevation328–2,030 m (1,076–6,660 ft)
(avg. 352 m or 1,155 ft)
Websitehttp://www.albertville.com/
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

The town is best known for hosting the 1992 Winter Olympics.

Geography

Albertville is situated on the river Arly, close to the confluence with the Isère. Its altitude is between 345 and 2,037 metres (1,132 and 6,683 ft).

Nearby mountains include: Belle Etoile, Dent de Cons, Négresse, Roche Pourrie, Mirantin, Pointe de la Grande Journée, and Chaîne du Grand Arc.

Nearby mountain ranges include: the Bauges; the Beaufortain; and the beginning of the Vanoise.

Albertville is also one of two subprefectures of the Savoie department, alongside Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.

History

The modern city of Albertville was formed in 1836 by King Charles Albert of Sardinia, who merged the medieval town of Conflans, which has buildings dating back to the 14th century, with the town of L'Hôpital. Since then, Albertville has developed trade between France, Italy and Switzerland. Industries such as paper mills and hydroelectricity can be found along its river.

The 1992 Winter Olympics were organised in the Savoie region, with Albertville hosting it. Some of the sports venues were later adapted for other uses. Some sports venues still remain such as the ice rink, La halle de glace Olympique, designed by the architect Jacques Kalisz. Despite this, the town remains more industrial than touristic.

In 2003, the town was labelled a "Town of art and history".

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±%
200618,009    
200717,814−1.1%
200818,480+3.7%
200918,967+2.6%
201018,876−0.5%
201118,832−0.2%
201219,271+2.3%
201319,071−1.0%
201418,950−0.6%
201518,969+0.1%
201619,055+0.5%

Notable people from Albertville

Sites of interest

International relations

Twin towns and sister cities

Albertville is twinned with:

See also

References

  1. "Populations légales 2016". INSEE. Retrieved 25 April 2019.
  2. Annuaire-Mairie.fr. "Ville d'Aoste" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-18.
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