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Meurthe-et-Moselle is a department in the Lorrainemarker region of Francemarker, named after the Meurthemarker and Mosellemarker rivers.

History

Meurthe-et-Moselle was created in 1871 at the end of the Franco-Prussian War from the parts of the former departments of Mosellemarker and Meurthemarker which remained French territory.The current boundary between Meurthe-et-Moselle and Moselle was the border between France and Germanymarker from 1871 to 1919.

Geography

Meurthe-et-Moselle is part of the region of Lorrainemarker and is surrounded by the departments of Meusemarker, Vosgesmarker, Bas-Rhin, and Mosellemarker and by the nations of Luxembourgmarker and Belgiummarker.

Its extends from north to south for 130 kilometers and between 7 and 103 kilometers from west to east.

The important rivers are the following:

Economy

The economy was highly dependent on mining until the 1960s. There are iron, salt, and lime extraction sites.

The urban area around Nancymarker has a very dynamic economy based largely on services, research, and higher education.

Demographics

The inhabitants of the department are called Meurthe-et-Mosellans.

The area around Nancy has become highly urbanized, whereas the Santois in the south is quite rural.

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