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:
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).