Last modified: 2019-05-09 by ivan sache
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Flag of Saône-et-Loire - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 6 May 2019
Region: Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (Bourgogne until 2014)
Traditional provinces: Bourgogne, Nivernais
Bordering departments: Ain, Allier, Côte-d'Or, Jura, Loire, Nièvre, Rhône
Area: 8,575 km2
Population (2016): 555,023 inhabitants
Sous-préfectures: Autun, Chalon-sur-Saône, Charolles, Louhans
Subdivisions: 5 arrondissements, 29 cantons, 567 municipalities.
The department is named after rivers Saône (480
km), a tributary to the Rhône, and Loire (1,020 km).
A proposal to rename the department "Bourgogne-du-Sud", tabled by the General Council in 2003, was rejected.
Ivan Sache, 14 April 2019
The flag used by the Departmental Council (photo, photo, photo, photo) is blue with the Council's logo in white. In 2009, the General Council adopted a modernized logo with the wording "saône-et-loire LE DEPARTEMENT".
The white curved elements represent, more or less, the courses of river
Loire (left, forming the western border of the department with Allier,
and Saône (right, forming the south-eastern border of the department
with Ain). The two rivers are connected by the Canal du Centre.
The five horizontal stripes represent the five arrondissements composing the department.
The new logo was designed by Renault Germain, a young designer. He found
the original logo "sad, with tacky colors and unaesthetic shapes. There
was a disequilibrium between the green stripes and the writing
In the revamped logo, the blue curves representing the rivers are softer and more dynamic, while the five horizontal stripes were re-designed. The typography was made more modern and more legible. The new signature "Saône-et-Loire - le Département" highlights the territorial administration.
[Logo en Vue, 4 March 2010]
Olivier Touzeau & Ivan Sache, 6 May 2019
Former flag of the former General Council of Saône-et-Loire - Image by Olivier Touzeau, 6 May 2019
Before 2009, the General Council used a white flag with the Council's former logo.
Olivier Touzeau, 6 May 2019