Last modified: 2002-10-26 by ivan sache
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No information is available on the flag of the department.
Traditional province: Provence
Bordering departments: Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône
Area: 5,973 km2
Population (1995): 872,900 inhabitants
Préfecture: Toulon (from
1797 to 1974, Draguignan)
Sous-préfectures: Brignoles, Draguignan
Subdivisions: 3 arrondissements, 41 cantons, 153 communes.
The department is named after the river Var (120 km). when the department of Alpes-Maritimes was created in 1860, arrondissement of Grasse, then in Var, was rattached to Alpes-Maritimes. This is the reason why the river Var does not flow in the department of Var.
by Philippe-Pierre Darras
The General Council also uses the modern banner of arms of Provence.