Abondance, Haute-Savoie

Abondance (French pronunciation: [abɔ̃dɑ̃s] (listen)) is a commune in the Haute-Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Abondance
A view within Abondance
Location of Abondance
Abondance
Abondance
Coordinates: 46°16′47″N 6°43′22″E
CountryFrance
RegionAuvergne-Rhône-Alpes
DepartmentHaute-Savoie
ArrondissementThonon-les-Bains
CantonÉvian-les-Bains
IntercommunalityPays d'Évian Vallée d'Abondance
Government
  Mayor (20202026) Paul Girard-Despraulex[1]
Area
1
55.84 km2 (21.56 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2019)[2]
1,447
  Density26/km2 (67/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Abondanciers, Abondancières or Abondanciens, Abondanciennes
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
74001 /74360
Dialling codes0450
Elevation840–2,420 m (2,760–7,940 ft)
(avg. 930 m or 3,050 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

It lies in the French Alps just south of Lake Geneva on the Swiss border. The people of this commune are referred to as Abondanciers.

Abondance has given its name to a variety of cheese made in the region, the breed of cattle from whose milk the cheese is made and the valley in which it stands. Other villages in the Vallee D'Abondance are Chatel and La Chapelle D'Abondance. It is a small and quiet town with several bars, hotels, restaurants, a bank, some food and ski/outdoor shops and a lively Sunday morning Market serving the Vallee D'Abondance. One of its features is the 14th century Abbey. The commune was founded around the year 1040.

In the 2006–2007 ski season, a year of very poor snowfall, a decision was made to shut down the town's ski area after a long period of loss-making. The town's plea for government aid to support the resort was denied due to its unlikeliness to return to profit due to lack of snow. However, the resort reopened in 2009–10 and each winter since has remained open throughout the season. L'Essert is the name of the town's ski area and it has 7 lifts and 13 runs of which there are two nursery slopes, 6 blue runs, 3 red and 2 black [3] and a mountain restaurant. Ecole du Ski Francais operates in Abondance.[4] In addition to downhill skiing, the resort has 10 km of cross country ski and snow shoe trails. Summer visitors go to Abondance for the walking, history and outdoor activities.

Abondance is home to the international boarding school Sainte Croix des Neiges.

Population

Historical population
YearPop.±% p.a.
1793 1,416    
1800 1,375−0.42%
1806 1,403+0.34%
1821 1,411+0.04%
1836 1,425+0.07%
1846 1,464+0.27%
1856 1,512+0.32%
1861 1,446−0.89%
1866 1,438−0.11%
1872 1,483+0.51%
1876 1,451−0.54%
1881 1,460+0.12%
1886 1,449−0.15%
1891 1,412−0.52%
1896 1,406−0.09%
1901 1,456+0.70%
1906 1,458+0.03%
1911 1,448−0.14%
1921 1,274−1.27%
1926 1,258−0.25%
1931 1,179−1.29%
1936 1,149−0.51%
YearPop.±% p.a.
1946 1,283+1.11%
1954 1,307+0.23%
1962 1,089−2.26%
1968 1,115+0.39%
1975 1,134+0.24%
1982 1,152+0.23%
1990 1,251+1.04%
1999 1,294+0.38%
2006 1,342+0.52%
2007 1,351+0.67%
2008 1,344−0.52%
2009 1,347+0.22%
2010 1,342−0.37%
2011 1,348+0.45%
2012 1,354+0.45%
2013 1,344−0.74%
2014 1,343−0.07%
2015 1,377+2.53%
2016 1,408+2.25%
2017 1,439+2.20%
2018 1,435−0.28%
Source: EHESS (1793-1999)[5] and INSEE[6]

References

  1. "Répertoire national des élus: les maires" (in French). data.gouv.fr, Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises. 13 September 2022.
  2. "Populations légales 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 29 December 2021.
  3. "Office de Tourisme d'Abondance : village abondance, haute savoie, savoie, montagne, Suisse, abbaye, neige, chalet". www.abondance.org. Archived from the original on 2012-10-20. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  4. "French ski school : Book your ski and snowboard lessons for adults and children in France". Archived from the original on 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-25.
  5. Des villages de Cassini aux communes d'aujourd'hui: Commune data sheet Abondance, EHESS. (in French)
  6. Population en historique depuis 1968, INSEE


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