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Coat of Arms of Haute-Vienne
Location of Haute-Vienne in France
Department number: 87
Region: Limousin
Prefecture: Limoges
Subprefectures: Bellac
Arrondissements: 3
Cantons: 42
Communes: 201
President of the General Council: Marie-Françoise Pérol-Dumont
Population Ranked 62nd
 -1999 353,893
Population density: 64/km2
Land area¹: 5520 km2
¹ French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2.

Haute-Vienne is a French department named after the Vienne River. It is one of three departments that together constitute the French region of Limousin.

The chief and largest city of the Haute-Vienne is Limoges. The other towns in the department each have fewer than 20,000 inhabitants.



The source of the Charente River is in the department, in the commune of Chéonnac, near Rochechouart.

The neighboring departments are: Creuse, Corrèze, Dordogne, Charente, Vienne and Indre.


The three arrondissements of the Haute-Vienne department are:

  1. Arrondissement of Bellac, (subprefecture: Bellac) with eight cantons and 63 communes. The population of the arrondissement was 42,687 in 1990 and 40,120 in 1999, a decrease of 6.01%.
  2. Arrondissement of Limoges, (prefecture of the Haute-Vienne department: Limoges) with 28 cantons and 108 communes. The population of the arrondissement was 274,643 in 1990 and 278,439 in 1999, an increase of 1.38%.
  3. Arrondissement of Rochechouart, (subprefecture: Rochechouart) with six cantons and 30 communes. The population of the arrondissement was 36,263 in 1990 and 35,334 in 1999, a decrease of 2.56%.

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Coordinates: 45°50′N 1°16′E / 45.833°N 1.267°E / 45.833; 1.267


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