Loire (depairtment)

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Loire
Depairtment
Coat o airms o Loire
Coat o airms
Location o Loire in Fraunce
Location o Loire in Fraunce
Coordinates: 45°05′N 04°05′E / 45.083°N 4.083°E / 45.083; 4.083Coordinates: 45°05′N 04°05′E / 45.083°N 4.083°E / 45.083; 4.083
Kintra Fraunce
Region Rhône-Alpes
Prefectur Saint-Étienne
Subprefecturs Montbrison
Roanne
Govrenment
 • Preses o the General Cooncil Bernard Bonne (UMP)
Aurie1
 • Tot 4,781 km2 (1,846 sq mi)
Population (2007)
 • Tot 740,668
 • Rank 29t
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Depairtment nummer 42
Arrondissements 3
Cantons 40
Communes 327
^1 French Land Register data, which exclude estuaries, and lakes, ponds, and glaciers larger than 1 km2

Loire (French pronunciation: [lwaʁ]; Arpitan: Lêre; Occitan: Léger) is a depairtment in the east-central pairt o Fraunce occupyin the River Loire's upper reaches.