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Midi-Pyrénées

Midi-Pyrenees
NameMidi-Pyrénées
FlagFlag of Midi-Pyrénées.svg
CapitalToulouse
Area45348
Population2865000
Pop Date2009-01-01
Pop Rank8th
GDP73
GDP Year2006
GDP Per Capita26,200
GDP Cap Year2006
GDP Cap Ref
Websitemidipyrenees.fr
LeaderMartin Malvy
Leader PartyPS
Departments8
Dept1Ariège
Dept2Aveyron
Dept3Haute-Garonne
Dept4Gers
Dept5Lot
Dept6Hautes-Pyrénées
Dept7Tarn
Dept8Tarn-et-Garonne
NUTSFR6
Iso RegionFR-N

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Midi-Pyrénées (-frmidi piʁenelangFr-Midi-Pyrénées-fr FR-Paris is the largest region of metropolitan France by area, larger than the Netherlands or Denmark.

Midi-Pyrénées has no historical or geographical unity. It is one of the regions of France created artificially in the late 20th century to serve as a hinterland and zone of influence for its capital, Toulouse, one of a handful of so-called "balancing metropolises" (métropoles d'équilibre). Another example of this is the region of Rhône-Alpes which was created as the region for Lyon.

The name chosen for the new region was decided by the French central government without reference to the historical provinces (too many of them inside the region) and based purely on geography: Midi (i.e. "southern France") - Pyrénées (Pyrénées mountains that serve as the region's southern boundary). The French adjective and name of the inhabitants of the region is: Midi-Pyrénéen.


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