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Albertville (French pronunciation: [albɛʁvil] (About this sound listen); Arpitan: Arbèrtvile) is a commune in the Savoie department in the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region in south-eastern France.

Subprefecture and commune
A general view of Albertville
A general view of Albertville
Coat of arms of Albertville
Coat of arms
Albertville is located in France
Location within Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region
Albertville is located in Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Coordinates: 45°40′36″N 6°23′36″E / 45.6767°N 6.3933°E / 45.6767; 6.3933Coordinates: 45°40′36″N 6°23′36″E / 45.6767°N 6.3933°E / 45.6767; 6.3933
Country France
Region Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Department Savoie
Arrondissement Albertville
Canton Albertville-1 and 2
Intercommunality Région Albertville
 • Mayor (2017-2020) Frédéric Burnier-Framboret
Area1 17.54 km2 (6.77 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 18,950
 • Density 1,100/km2 (2,800/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code 73011 /73200
Elevation 328–2,030 m (1,076–6,660 ft)
(avg. 352 m or 1,155 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

The town is best known for hosting the 1992 Winter Olympics.



Albertville is situated on the river Arly, close to the confluence with the Isère. Its altitude is between 345 and 2,037 metres (1,132 and 6,683 ft).

Nearby mountains include: Belle Etoile, Dent de Cons, Négresse, Roche Pourrie, Mirantin, Pointe de la Grande Journée, and Chaîne du Grand Arc.

Nearby mountain ranges include: the Bauges; the Beaufortain; and the beginning of the Vanoise.

Albertville is also one of two subprefectures of the Savoie department, alongside Saint-Jean-de-Maurienne.


Medieval town of Conflans

The modern city of Albertville was formed in 1836 by King Charles Albert of Sardinia, who merged the medieval town of Conflans, which has buildings dating back to the 14th century, with the town of L'Hôpital. Since then, Albertville has developed trade between France, Italy and Switzerland. Industries such as paper mills and hydroelectricity can be found along its river.

The 1992 Winter Olympics were organised in the Savoie region, with Albertville hosting it. Some of the sports venues were later adapted for other uses. Some sports venues still remain such as the ice rink, La halle de glace Olympique, designed by the architect Jacques Kalisz. Despite this, the town remains more industrial than touristic.

In 2003, the town was labelled a "Town of art and history".

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  1. ^ Mourou, Gérard. Wikipedia. WMF Retrieved 16 October 2018. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  2. ^ "Ville d'Aoste" (in French). Retrieved 2013-06-18.

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