Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
—  Region of France  —


Country  France
Prefecture Marseille
 – President Michel Vauzelle (PS)
 – Total 31,400 km2 (12,123.6 sq mi)
Population (2010-01-01)
 – Total 4,951,388
 – Density 157.7/km2 (408.4/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 – Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
NUTS Region FR8

Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (French pronunciation: [pʁɔ.vɑ̃s alp kot da.zyʁ]; Provençal: Provença-Aups-Còsta d'Azur / Prouvènço-Aup-Costo d'Azur) or PACA is one of the 27 regions of France.

It is made up of:

It encompasses six departments in south-eastern France, bounded to the east by the Italian border, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and by the principality of Monaco, to the north by Rhône-Alpes, and to the west by Languedoc-Roussillon, with the Rhône river marking its westernmost border. The six departments are:

The region logo displays the coat of arms created in the 1990s and which combines the coats of arms of the old provinces making up Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

Economically the region is the third most important in France just behind Île-de-France and Rhône-Alpes. Its GDP in 2006 was € 130,178 million ($US 163,600 million) and per capita GDP was € 27,095 ($US 34,051).

Major communities

The largest cities in the region are Marseille, Nice, Toulon, and Aix-en-Provence, each with a population exceeding 100,000 inhabitants as of the 1999 census. The richest part of the Region is Nice's metropolitan area.

Marseille, the largest city in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.

External links

Coordinates: 44°00′N 6°00′E / 44°N 6°E / 44; 6

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