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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur

Provence-Alpes-Cote dAzur
NameProvence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Reg LogoLogo Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur.png
CapitalMarseille
Area31400
Population4951388
Pop Date2010-01-01
Pop Rank4th
Websiteregionpaca.fr
LeaderMichel Vauzelle
Leader PartyPS
Departments6
Dept1Alpes-de-Haute-Provence
Dept2Hautes-Alpes
Dept3Alpes-Maritimes
Dept4Bouches-du-Rhône
Dept5Var
Dept6Vaucluse
NUTSFR8

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Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (-frpʁɔ.vɑ̃s alp kot da.zyʁ; ) or PACA is one of the 27 regions of France.

It is made up of:

* the former French province of Provence

* the former papal territory of Avignon, known as Comtat Venaissin

* the former Sardinian-Piedmontese county of Nice, whose coastline is known in English as the French Riviera, and in French as the Côte d'Azur

* the southeastern part of the former French province of Dauphiné, in the French Alps.

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:

* Alpes-de-Haute-Provence

* Hautes-Alpes

* Alpes-Maritimes

* Bouches-du-Rhône

* Var

* Vaucluse

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).


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