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Franche-Comté

former administrative region in France

Franche-Comté (meaning "Free County") is a former administrative region of France. It is now part of the administrative region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. It is in the east of the country, bordering Switzerland. Its capital was Besançon. In 2009, about 1.1 million people lived in the region.

Franche-Comté
Flag of Franche-Comté
Flag
Coat of arms of Franche-Comté
Coat of arms
Motto(s): 
Comtois, rends-toi ! Nenni, ma foi !
Comtois, surrender! No, my faith!
Franche-Comté in France.svg
Country France
PrefectureBesançon
Departments
Area
 • Total16,202 km2 (6,256 sq mi)
Population
 (1 January 2015)
 • Total1,179,735
 • Density73/km2 (190/sq mi)
Demonym(s)Free Countian
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeFR-I
GDP (2012)[1]Ranked 20th
Total€28.6 billion (US$36.8 bn)
Per capita€24,482 (US$31,501)
NUTS RegionFR43
Websitewww.franche-comte.fr

In the local dialect, Frainc-Comtou, the name is Fraintche-Comtè. In Arpitan it is Franche-Comtât.

The departments in the region were:

ReferencesEdit

  1. INSEE. "Produits intérieurs bruts régionaux et valeurs ajoutées régionales de 1990 à 2012". Retrieved 4 March 2014.

Other websitesEdit

  Media related to Franche-Comté at Wikimedia Commons