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Burgundy (French region)

Burgundy (French region)
NameBurgundy
Native NameBourgogne
Reg LogoBourgogne Logo.png
FlagBourgogne flag.svg
CapitalDijon
Area31582
Population1631000
Pop Date2008-01-01
Pop Rank16th
GDP40
GDP Year2006
GDP Per Capita24,800
GDP Cap Year2006
GDP Cap Ref|Website=cr-bourgogne.fr
LeaderFrançois Patriat
Leader PartyPS
Departments4
Dept1Côte-d'Or
Dept2Nièvre
Dept3Saône-et-Loire
Dept4Yonne
NUTSFR2

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Burgundy ( , -frbuʁɡɔɲIPAfr-Bourgogne is one of the 27 regions of France.

The name comes from the Burgundians, an ancient Germanic people who settled in the area in early Middle-age. The region of Burgundy is both larger than the old Duchy of Burgundy and smaller than the area ruled by the Dukes of Burgundy, from the modern Netherlands to the border of Auvergne. It is made up of the following old provinces:

* Burgundy: Côte-d'Or, Saône-et-Loire, and southern half of Yonne. This corresponds to the old duchy of Burgundy (later called province of Burgundy). However, the old county of Burgundy (later called province of Franche-Comté) is not included inside the Burgundy region, but it makes up the Franche-Comté region. Also, a small part of the duchy of Burgundy (province of Burgundy) is now inside the Champagne-Ardenne region.

* Nivernais: now the Nièvre department

* the northern half of Yonne is a territory that was not part of Burgundy (at least not since the 11th century), and was a frontier between Champagne, Île-de-France, and Orléanais, depending from each of these provinces at different times in history.

The climate of this region is essentially oceanic (Cfb in Köppen classification), with a continental influence (sometimes called a "half-continental climate").


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