Niort

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Niort
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Coat of arms of Niort
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Niort is located in France
Niort
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Country France
Region Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes
Department Deux-Sèvres
Arrondissement Niort
Canton Chi
Intercommunality Niort
Government
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Jérôme Baloge
Area1 68.20 km2 (26.33 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 60,486
 • 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 (pronounced: [njɔʁ]; Latin: Novioritum) is a commune in the Deux-Sèvres department in western France.

The population of Niort is 60,486 and more than 137,000 people live in the urban area. Near Niort at Maisonnay there is one of the tallest radio masts in France (height: 330 metres).

Geography

The town is located on the Sèvre Niortaise River and is a centre of angelica cultivation in France.

Economy

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.

The old donjon of Niort

Transport

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.

Sports

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.[1]

People

Niort was the birthplace of:

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Niort is twinned with:

See also

References

  1. Bernard, Augustin. Wikipedia. Missing or empty |title= (help); Missing or empty |url= (help)<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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