administrative region of France

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (meaning Burgundy–Free County) is one of the administrative regions of France. It is in eastern France and was formed in 2016 from two old regions: Bourgogne and Franche-Comté.

Borgogne-Franche-Comtât  (Arpitan)
Clockwise from top: the Cathedral of Saint John in Besançon; the Théâtre de Lons-le-Saunier; the Loire Bridge and the Cathedral in Nevers; and view of Dijon
Flag of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Coat of arms of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté
Country France
Largest cityDijon
 • President of the Regional CouncilMarie-Guite Dufay (PS)
 • PrefectBernard Schmeltz
 • Total47,783 km2 (18,449 sq mi)
 • Rank6th
 (Jan. 2019)[1]
 • Total2,805,580
 • Density59/km2 (150/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeFR-BFC
GDPRanked 11 of 18
Total76.6 € billion (EUR€ bn)
Per capita24,200 € (EUR€)

Its capital is Besançon.


Map of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is the sixth largest region of France with an area of 47,783.3 km2 (18,449 sq mi).[2] It is in northeastern France and borders to the north with the Grand Est region, to the west with Île-de-France and Centre-Val de Loire regions, to the south with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and to the east with Switzerland (the cantons of Vaud, Neuchâtel and Jura).

The distances from Besançon, the capital of the region, to other cities are:



The main rivers in the region are the Saône and its tributary the Doubs. The Loire river flows through the southwest of the region, at Nevers. The Seine river starts in the Côte-d'Or department.



There are three main mountain ranges in the region:

  1. The Vosges Mountains are in the northeast of the region and its highest point in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is Ballon de Servance, 1,216 m (3,990 ft) high.
  2. The Jura Mountains are along the eastern limits; here is Crêt Pela, the highest point in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté with 1,495 m (4,905 ft).
  3. The Morvan mountains are in the centre of the western part; it highest point is Haut-Folin, 901 m (2,956 ft) high.

The Crêt Pela (46°24′50″N 6°1′19″E / 46.41389°N 6.02194°E / 46.41389; 6.02194 (Crêt Pela)), at 1,495 m (4,905 ft), is the highest mountain of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region.[3] It is in the Jura mountain range.

The highest point of the different departments in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region are:[4]

Department Mountain Elevation
Côte-d'Or Mont de Gien 721 m (2,365 ft)
Doubs Mont d'Or 1,461 m (4,793 ft)
Jura Crêt Pela 1,495 m (4,905 ft)
Nièvre Mont Préneley 855 m (2,805 ft)
Haute-Saône Ballon de Servance 1,216 m (3,990 ft)
Saône-et-Loire Haut-Folin 901 m (2,956 ft)
Yonne Bois de la Pérouse 607 m (1,991 ft)
Territoire de Belfort Ballon d'Alsace 1,247 m (4,091 ft)



The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is formed by 8 departments:

Shield Department Prefecture Arr. Cant. Comm. Population
FR-21   Côte-d'Or Dijon 3 23 704 531,380 8,763.2 60.6
FR-25   Doubs Besançon 3 19 578 534,710 5,232.6 102.2
FR-39   Jura Lons-le-Saunier 3 17 509 260,681 4,999.2 52.1
FR-58   Nièvre Nevers 4 17 309 213,569 6,816.7 31.3
FR-70   Haute-Saône Vesoul 2 17 542 238,347 5,360.1 44.5
FR-71   Saône-et-Loire Mâcon 5 29 567 555,788 8,574.7 64.8
FR-89   Yonne Auxerre 3 21 428 341,814 7,427.4 46.0
FR-90   Territoire de Belfort Belfort 1 9 102 144,334 609.4 236.8
Total of the Region 24 152 3,739 2,820,623 47,783.3 59.0

Arr. = Arrondissements          Cant. = Cantons          Comm. = Communes



The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region had, in 2014, a population of 2,820,623,[6] for a population density of 59.0 inhabitants/km2. The department with more people living in it is Saône-et-Loire with 555,788 inhabitants.

After the Territoire de Belfort, the smallest department in the region, Doubs is the department with highest population density (102 inhabitants/km2). The density in the other departments is lower.



  1. "Téléchargement du fichier d'ensemble des populations légales en 2019". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
  2. "Région de Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (27)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  3. "Crêt Pela, France/Spain". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  4. "France Department High Points". Retrieved 23 June 2017.
  5. "Populations légales 2014 des départements et des collectivités d'outre-mer" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 20 March 2017.
  6. "Populations légales 2014: Recensement de la population - Population des régions" (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 23 June 2017.

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