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The following are ranked lists of French régions. Population figures are from the 1999 census. France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common... 1999 is a common year starting on Friday of the Common Era, and was designated the International Year of Older Persons by the United Nations. ...


By population

Rank Region Population % Density
1 Île-de-France (12) 10,952,011 18.1% 911.8
2 Rhône-Alpes (22) 5,645,407 9.4% 129.2
3 Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (21) 4,506,151 7.5% 143.5
4 Nord-Pas-de-Calais (17) 3,996,588 6.6% 321.9
5 Pays de la Loire (18) 3,222,061 5.3% 100.4
6 Bretagne (6) 2,972,700 4.9% 109.3
7 Aquitaine (2) 2,908,359 4.8% 70.4
8 Midi-Pyrénées (16) 2,551,687 4.2% 56.3
9 Centre (7) 2,440,329 4.0% 62.3
10 Lorraine (15) 2,310,376 3.8% 98.1
11 Languedoc-Roussillon (13) 2,295,648 3.8% 83.8
12 Picardie (19) 1,857,481 3.1% 95.8
13 Haute-Normandie (11) 1,780,192 3.0% 144.5
14 Alsace (1) 1,734,145 2.9% 209.4
15 Poitou-Charentes (20) 1,640,068 2.7% 63.5
16 Bourgogne (5) 1,610,067 2.7% 51.0
17 Basse-Normandie (4) 1,422,193 2.4% 80.9
18 Champagne-Ardenne (8) 1,342,363 2.2% 52.4
19 Auvergne (3) 1,308,878 2.2% 50.3
20 Franche-Comté (10) 1,117,059 1.9% 68.9
21 Réunion 720,934 1.2% 287.0
22 Limousin (14) 710,939 1.2% 42.0
23 Guadeloupe 436,000 0.7% 255.7
24 Martinique 414,516 0.7% 383.8
25 Corsica (9) 290,196 0.5% 33.4
26 Guyane 157,213 0.3% 1.8
France 60,343,561 100% 94.9

File links The following pages link to this file: Région in France List of subnational entities Ranked list of French regions Categories: NowCommons ... France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common... Population density can be used as a measurement of any tangible item. ... ÃŽle-de-France can refer to: the historical province of France: see ÃŽle-de-France (province) the modern French administrative région: see ÃŽle-de-France (région) For other meanings without the circumflex accent, see Ile de France. ... Capital Lyon Area 43,698 km² Regional President Jean-Jack Queyranne (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 2nd) 5,893,000 5,645,407 135/km² (2004) Arrondissements 25 Cantons 335 Communes 2,879 Départements Ain Ardèche Drôme Isère Loire Rhône... Capital Marseilles Area 31,400 km² Regional President Michel Vauzelle (PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 3rd) 4,666,000 4,506,151 149/km² (2004) Arrondissements 18 Cantons 237 Communes 963 Départements Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Alpes-Maritimes Bouches-du-Rhône Hautes-Alpes... Capital Lille Area 12,414 km² Regional President Daniel Percheron ( PS) (since 2001) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 4th) 4,026,000 3,996,588 324/km² (2004) Arrondissements 13 Cantons 156 Communes 1,546 Départements Nord Pas-de-Calais The administrative region of Nord-Pas-de... Capital Nantes Area 32,082 km² Regional President Jacques Auxiette ( PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 5th) 3,344,000 3,222,061 104/km² (2004) Arrondissements 17 Cantons 192 Communes 1,503 Départements Loire-Atlantique Mayenne Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Vendée Pays-de... Capital Rennes Area 27,209 km² Regional President Jean-Yves Le Drian (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 7th) 3,011,000 2,906,197 111/km² (2004) Arrondissements 15 Cantons 201 Communes 1,268 Départements Côtes-dArmor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Finist... Capital Bordeaux Area 41,309 km² Regional President Alain Rousset ( PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 6th) 3,049,000 2,908,359 74/km² (2004) Arrondissements 18 Cantons 235 Communes 2,296 Départements Dordogne Gironde Landes Lot-et-Garonne Pyrénées-Atlantiques Aquitaine... Capital Toulouse Area 45,348 km² Regional President Martin Malvy (PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 8th) 2,687,000 2,551,687 59/km² (2004) Arrondissements 22 Cantons 293 Communes 3,020 Départements Ariège Aveyron Gers Haute-Garonne Hautes-Pyrénées Lot... Capital Orléans Area 39,151 km² Regional President Michel Sapin (PS) (1998 to 2000, and since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 9th) 2,480,000 2,440,329 63/km² (2004) Arrondissements 20 Cantons 198 Communes 1,842 Départements Cher Eure-et-Loir Indre Indre... Lorraine can refer to: the historical independent duchy and later French province of Lorraine: see Lorraine (province). ... Capital Montpellier Area 27,376 km² Regional President Georges Frêche (PS) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 10th) 2,458,000 2,295,648 90/km² (2004) Arrondissements 14 Cantons 186 Communes 1,545 Départements Aude Gard Hérault Lozère Pyrénées-Orientales... Capital Amiens Area 19,399 km² Regional President Claude Gewerc (PS) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 12th) 1,875,000 1,857,481 97/km² (2004) Arrondissements 13 Cantons 129 Communes 2,292 Départements Aisne Oise Somme Picardie (English: Picardy) is one of the 26... Capital Rouen Area 12,318 km² Regional President Alain Le Vern (PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 13th) 1,805,000 1,780,192 147/km² (2004) Arrondissements 6 Cantons 112 Communes 1,420 Départements Eure Seine-Maritime Notes: 1 This is the flag of... ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Categories: Stub | Regions of France ... Capital Dijon Area 31,582 km² Regional President François Patriat (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 16th) 1,616,000 1,610,067 51/km² (2004) Arrondissements 15 Cantons 174 Communes 2,045 Départements Yonne Côte-dOr Nièvre Saône-et... Capital Caen Area 17,589 km² Regional President Philippe Duron (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 17th) 1,443,000 1,422,193 82/km² (2004) Arrondissements 11 Cantons 141 Communes 1,812 Départements Calvados Manche Orne Notes: 1 This is the flag of Normandy... Capital Châlons-en-Champagne Area 25,606 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Bachy (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 18th) 1,330,000 1,342,363 52/km² (2004) Arrondissements 15 Cantons 146 Communes 1,947 Départements Aube Ardennes Haute-Marne Marne Champagne-Ardenne... Capital Clermont-Ferrand Area 26,013 km² Regional President Pierre-Joël Bonté (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 19th) 1,327,000 1,308,878 51/km² (2004) Arrondissements 14 Cantons 158 Communes 1,310 Départements Allier Cantal Haute-Loire Puy-de-Dôme... Capital Besançon Area 16,202 km² Regional President Raymond Forni (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 20th) 1,133,000 1,117,059 70/km² (2004) Arrondissements 8 Cantons 116 Communes 1,786 Départements Doubs Haute-Saône Jura Territoire de Belfort Franche-Comt... Capital Limoges Area 16,942 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Denanot Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density 710,939 42/km² Arrondissements 8 Cantons 106 Communes 747 Départements Corrèze Creuse Haute-Vienne Limousin is a former province of France and now a region of France, around the city... Capital Ajaccio Area 8,680 km² Regional President Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 25th) 272,000 260,196 31/km² (2004) Arrondissements 5 Cantons 52 Communes 360 Départements Corse-du-Sud Haute-Corse Note: The Regional Presidents title is President of...

By area

The total area of France is 635,775 km², of which 543,974 km² (85.6%) in Europe. World map showing location of Europe When considered a continent, Europe is the worlds second smallest continent in terms of area, with an area of 10,600,000 km² (4,140,625 square miles), making it larger than Australia only. ...

Rank Region Area (km²) %
(total)
%
(European
France)
Density
1 Guyane 86,504 13.6% 1.8
2 Midi-Pyrénées (16) 45,348 7.1% 8.3% 56.3
3 Rhône-Alpes (22) 43,698 6.9% 8.0% 129.2
4 Aquitaine (2) 41,308 6.5% 7.6% 70.4
5 Centre (7) 39,151 6.2% 7.2% 62.3
6 Pays de la Loire (18) 32,082 5.0% 5.9% 100.4
7 Bourgogne (5) 31,582 5.0% 5.8% 51.0
8 Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (21) 31,400 4.9% 5.8% 143.5
9 Languedoc-Roussillon (13) 27,386 4.3% 5.0% 83.8
10 Bretagne (6) 27,208 4.3% 5.0% 109.3
11 Auvergne (3) 26,013 4.1% 4.8% 50.3
12 Poitou-Charentes (20) 25,810 4.1% 4.7% 63.5
13 Champagne-Ardenne (8) 25,606 4.0% 4.7% 52.4
14 Lorraine (15) 23,547 3.7% 4.3% 98.1
15 Picardie (19) 19,399 3.1% 3.6% 95.8
16 Basse-Normandie (4) 17,589 2.8% 3.2% 80.9
17 Limousin (14) 16,942 2.7% 3.1% 42.0
18 Franche-Comté (10) 16,202 2.5% 3.0% 68.9
19 Nord-Pas-de-Calais (17) 12,414 2.0% 2.3% 321.9
20 Haute-Normandie (11) 12,317 1.9% 2.3% 144.5
21 Île-de-France (12) 12,012 1.9% 2.2% 911.8
22 Corsica (9) 8,680 1.4% 1.6% 33.4
23 Alsace (1) 8,280 1.3% 1.5% 209.4
24 Réunion 2,512 0.4% 287.0
25 Guadaloupe 1,705 0.3% 255.7
26 Martinique 1,080 0.2% 383.8
France 635,775 100% 94.9

File links The following pages link to this file: Région in France List of subnational entities Ranked list of French regions Categories: NowCommons ... France is divided into 26 régions: 21 of these are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corse on the island of Corsica (although strictly speaking Corse is in fact a territorial collectivity, not a région, but is referred to as a région in common... This article explains the meaning of area as a physical quantity. ... A square metre (US spelling: square meter) is by definition the area enclosed by a square with sides each 1 metre long. ... Population density can be used as a measurement of any tangible item. ... Capital Toulouse Area 45,348 km² Regional President Martin Malvy (PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 8th) 2,687,000 2,551,687 59/km² (2004) Arrondissements 22 Cantons 293 Communes 3,020 Départements Ariège Aveyron Gers Haute-Garonne Hautes-Pyrénées Lot... Capital Lyon Area 43,698 km² Regional President Jean-Jack Queyranne (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 2nd) 5,893,000 5,645,407 135/km² (2004) Arrondissements 25 Cantons 335 Communes 2,879 Départements Ain Ardèche Drôme Isère Loire Rhône... Capital Bordeaux Area 41,309 km² Regional President Alain Rousset ( PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 6th) 3,049,000 2,908,359 74/km² (2004) Arrondissements 18 Cantons 235 Communes 2,296 Départements Dordogne Gironde Landes Lot-et-Garonne Pyrénées-Atlantiques Aquitaine... Capital Orléans Area 39,151 km² Regional President Michel Sapin (PS) (1998 to 2000, and since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 9th) 2,480,000 2,440,329 63/km² (2004) Arrondissements 20 Cantons 198 Communes 1,842 Départements Cher Eure-et-Loir Indre Indre... Capital Nantes Area 32,082 km² Regional President Jacques Auxiette ( PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 5th) 3,344,000 3,222,061 104/km² (2004) Arrondissements 17 Cantons 192 Communes 1,503 Départements Loire-Atlantique Mayenne Maine-et-Loire Sarthe Vendée Pays-de... Capital Dijon Area 31,582 km² Regional President François Patriat (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 16th) 1,616,000 1,610,067 51/km² (2004) Arrondissements 15 Cantons 174 Communes 2,045 Départements Yonne Côte-dOr Nièvre Saône-et... Capital Marseilles Area 31,400 km² Regional President Michel Vauzelle (PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 3rd) 4,666,000 4,506,151 149/km² (2004) Arrondissements 18 Cantons 237 Communes 963 Départements Alpes-de-Haute-Provence Alpes-Maritimes Bouches-du-Rhône Hautes-Alpes... Capital Montpellier Area 27,376 km² Regional President Georges Frêche (PS) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 10th) 2,458,000 2,295,648 90/km² (2004) Arrondissements 14 Cantons 186 Communes 1,545 Départements Aude Gard Hérault Lozère Pyrénées-Orientales... Capital Rennes Area 27,209 km² Regional President Jean-Yves Le Drian (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 7th) 3,011,000 2,906,197 111/km² (2004) Arrondissements 15 Cantons 201 Communes 1,268 Départements Côtes-dArmor Ille-et-Vilaine Morbihan Finist... Capital Clermont-Ferrand Area 26,013 km² Regional President Pierre-Joël Bonté (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 19th) 1,327,000 1,308,878 51/km² (2004) Arrondissements 14 Cantons 158 Communes 1,310 Départements Allier Cantal Haute-Loire Puy-de-Dôme... Categories: Stub | Regions of France ... Capital Châlons-en-Champagne Area 25,606 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Bachy (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 18th) 1,330,000 1,342,363 52/km² (2004) Arrondissements 15 Cantons 146 Communes 1,947 Départements Aube Ardennes Haute-Marne Marne Champagne-Ardenne... Lorraine can refer to: the historical independent duchy and later French province of Lorraine: see Lorraine (province). ... Capital Amiens Area 19,399 km² Regional President Claude Gewerc (PS) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 12th) 1,875,000 1,857,481 97/km² (2004) Arrondissements 13 Cantons 129 Communes 2,292 Départements Aisne Oise Somme Picardie (English: Picardy) is one of the 26... Capital Caen Area 17,589 km² Regional President Philippe Duron (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 17th) 1,443,000 1,422,193 82/km² (2004) Arrondissements 11 Cantons 141 Communes 1,812 Départements Calvados Manche Orne Notes: 1 This is the flag of Normandy... Capital Limoges Area 16,942 km² Regional President Jean-Paul Denanot Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density 710,939 42/km² Arrondissements 8 Cantons 106 Communes 747 Départements Corrèze Creuse Haute-Vienne Limousin is a former province of France and now a region of France, around the city... Capital Besançon Area 16,202 km² Regional President Raymond Forni (PS) (since 2004) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 20th) 1,133,000 1,117,059 70/km² (2004) Arrondissements 8 Cantons 116 Communes 1,786 Départements Doubs Haute-Saône Jura Territoire de Belfort Franche-Comt... Capital Lille Area 12,414 km² Regional President Daniel Percheron ( PS) (since 2001) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 4th) 4,026,000 3,996,588 324/km² (2004) Arrondissements 13 Cantons 156 Communes 1,546 Départements Nord Pas-de-Calais The administrative region of Nord-Pas-de... Capital Rouen Area 12,318 km² Regional President Alain Le Vern (PS) (since 1998) Population   - 2004 estimate   - 1999 census   - Density (Ranked 13th) 1,805,000 1,780,192 147/km² (2004) Arrondissements 6 Cantons 112 Communes 1,420 Départements Eure Seine-Maritime Notes: 1 This is the flag of... ÃŽle-de-France can refer to: the historical province of France: see ÃŽle-de-France (province) the modern French administrative région: see ÃŽle-de-France (région) For other meanings without the circumflex accent, see Ile de France. ... Capital Ajaccio Area 8,680 km² Regional President Ange Santini (UMP) (since 2004) Population  - 2004 estimate  - 1999 census  - Density (Ranked 25th) 272,000 260,196 31/km² (2004) Arrondissements 5 Cantons 52 Communes 360 Départements Corse-du-Sud Haute-Corse Note: The Regional Presidents title is President of... ‹The template below has been proposed for deletion. ... Guadeloupe, in the Caribbean Sea, is an archipelago with a total area of 1,704 km² located in the Eastern Caribbean. ...

By density

The population of France has a density of 94.9 h/km², including the DOM, and 107.8 h/km², excluding them.

Rank Region Population Area (km²) Density
1 Île-de-France (12) 10,952,011 12,012 911.8
2 Martinique 414,516 1,080 383.8
3 Nord-Pas-de-Calais (17) 3,996,588 12,414 321.9
4 Réunion 720,934 2,512 287.0
5 Guadaloupe 436,000 1,705 255.7
6 Alsace (1) 1,734,145 8,280 209.4
7 Haute-Normandie (11) 1,780,192 12,317 144.5
8 Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur (21) 4,506,151 31,400 143.5
9 Rhône-Alpes (22) 5,645,407 43,698 129.2
10 Bretagne (6) 2,972,700 27,208 109.3
11 Pays de la Loire (18) 3,222,061 32,082 100.4
12 Lorraine (15) 2,310,376 23,547 98.1
13 Picardie (19) 1,857,481 19,399 95.8
14 Languedoc-Roussillon (13) 2,295,648 27,386 83.8
15 Basse-Normandie (4) 1,422,193 17,589 80.9
16 Aquitaine (2) 2,908,359 41,308 70.4
17 Franche-Comté (10) 1,117,059 16,202 68.9
18 Poitou-Charentes (20) 1,640,068 25,810 63.5
19 Centre (7) 2,440,329 39,151 62.3
20 Midi-Pyrénées (16) 2,551,687 45,348 56.3
21 Champagne-Ardenne (8) 1,342,363 25,606 52.4
22 Bourgogne (5) 1,610,067 31,582 51.0
23 Auvergne (3) 1,308,878 26,013 50.3
24 Limousin (14) 710,939 16,942 42.0
25 Corsica (9) 290,196 8,680 33.4
26 Guyane 157,213 86,504 1.8
France 60,343,561 635,775 94.9

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NationMaster - Encyclopedia: Regions of France (4035 words)
France is divided into 26 regions (French: régions), of which 21 are in the continental part of metropolitan France, one is Corsica (although strictly speaking that is in fact a "territorial collectivity", not a region, but is referred to as a region in common speech), and four lie overseas.
In 2004, the median population of a region in continental France was 2,329,000 inhabitants, which is a little less than one-half of the median population of a region of England, a little more than one-half of the median population of a U.S. state, and three-quarter of the median population of a German state.
A regional council (French:) is the elected assembly of a region of France.
Ranked list of French regions Information (79 words)
The following are ranked lists of French régions.
The total population of France is 60.3 million, of which 58.6 million (97.2%) live in Europe.
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