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This article is about the French department. See also: Var (goddess), Var River, volt-amperes reactive (VAR)

Var is a département of southern France.

Region Provence Alpes Cote d'Azur
Number 83
Préfecture Toulon
Sous-préfectures Brignoles, Draguignan[?]
 - Total
 - % water

5,973 km²
 - Total (1999)
 - Density


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Var was formed in 1790 of a part of Lower Provence, but in 1860 it was reduced by the transfer of the district of Grasse to the newly formed département of the Alpes-Maritimes, which is why the Var River does not now flow in the département to which it gives its name.


Var is bounded on the north by the département of the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence (the Verdon[?] river forming the boundary), on the east by that of the Alpes-Maritimes, on the south by the Mediterranean Sea, and on the west by the département of the Bouches-du-Rhône.

Its area is 5,973 km², its greatest length is about 62 miles, and its greatest breadth about 56 miles.

See also: list of Communes of the Var département of France




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