Var (depairtment)

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Var
Depairtment

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Location o Var in Fraunce
Coordinates: 43°30′N 06°20′E / 43.500°N 6.333°E / 43.500; 6.333
Kintra Fraunce
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Prefectur Toulon
Subprefecturs Brignoles
Draguignan
Government
 • Preses o the General Cooncil Horace Lanfranchi
Area1
 • Total 5,973 km2 (2,306 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Total 995,934
 • Rank 21st
 • Density 170/km2 (430/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Depairtment number 83
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 43
Communes 153
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, an lakes, ponds, an glaciers lairger than 1 km2

The Var (French pronunciation: [vaʁ]) is a French depairtment in the region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in Provence, in sootheast Fraunce. It takes its name frae the river Var, which uised tae flow alang its eastren bundary, but the bundary wis muivit in 1860. The Var is bordered on the east bi the depairtment o Alpes-Maritimes; tae the wast bi Bouches-du-Rhône tae the north o the Verdon River bi the depairtment o Alpes-de-Haute-Provence, an tae the sooth bi the Mediterranean Sea.

Toulon is the lairgest ceety an admeenistrative caipital o the Var. Ither important touns in the Var include Fréjus, Saint-Raphael, Draguignan, Brignoles and Hyères.

The Var is kent for the harbour o Toulon, the main port o the French Navy; for its seaside resorts, the maist famous o which is Saint-Tropez; for some fine examples o Romanesque an medieval airchitectur, such as the Le Thoronet Abbey an Fréjus Cathedral; a for its wines, pairticularly the wines of Bandol.

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