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Flag of the region Bourgogne-Franche-Comté.svg
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Country  France
Préfecture Besançon
 - coordinates 47°19′23″N 5°2′31″E / 47.32306°N 5.04194°E / 47.32306; 5.04194
Area 47,783.3 km² (18,449 sq mi)
Population 2,820,623 (2014)
Density 59 /km² (153 /sq mi)
Subdivisions 8 departments
24 arrondissements
152 cantons
3739 communes
President Marie-Guite Dufay
Timezone CET (UTC+1)
 - summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166-2 FR-BFC
Blason région fr Bourgogne Franche Comté
Coat of arms

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté (meaning Burgundy–Free County) is one of the administrative regions of France. It is in eastern France and was formed in 2016 from two old regions: Bourgogne and Franche-Comté.

Its capital is Besançon.


Reliefkarte Bourgogne-Franche-Compte
Map of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is the sixth largest region of France with an area of 47,783.3 km2 (18,449 sq mi). It is in northeastern France and borders to the north with the Grand Est region, to the west with Île-de-France and Centre-Val de Loire regions, to the south with the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes region, and to the east with Switzerland (the cantons of Vaud, Neuchâtel and Jura).

The distances from Besançon, the capital of the region, to other cities are:


The main rivers in the region are the Saône and its tributary the Doubs. The Loire river flows through the southwest of the region, at Nevers. The Seine river starts in the Côte-d'Or department.


There are three main mountain ranges in the region:

  1. The Vosges Mountains are in the northeast of the region and its highest point in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is Ballon de Servance, 1,216 m (3,990 ft) high.
  2. The Jura Mountains are along the eastern limits; here is Crêt Pela, the highest point in Bourgogne-Franche-Comté with 1,495 m (4,905 ft).
  3. The Morvan mountains are in the centre of the western part; it highest point is Haut-Folin, 901 m (2,956 ft) high.

The Crêt Pela (46°24′50″N 6°1′19″E / 46.41389°N 6.02194°E / 46.41389; 6.02194 (Crêt Pela)), at 1,495 m (4,905 ft), is the highest mountain of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region. It is in the Jura mountain range.

The highest point of the different departments in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region are:

Department Mountain Elevation
Côte-d'Or Mont de Gien 721 m (2,365 ft)
Doubs Mont d'Or 1,461 m (4,793 ft)
Jura Crêt Pela 1,495 m (4,905 ft)
Nièvre Mont Préneley 855 m (2,805 ft)
Haute-Saône Ballon de Servance 1,216 m (3,990 ft)
Saône-et-Loire Haut-Folin 901 m (2,956 ft)
Yonne Bois de la Pérouse 607 m (1,991 ft)
Territoire de Belfort Ballon d'Alsace 1,247 m (4,091 ft)


The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is formed by 8 departments:

Shield Department Prefecture Arr. Cant. Comm. Population
FR-21 Blason département fr Côte-d’Or.svg Côte-d'Or Dijon 3 23 704 531,380 8,763.2 60.6
FR-25 Blason département fr Doubs.svg Doubs Besançon 3 19 578 534,710 5,232.6 102.2
FR-39 Blason département fr Jura.svg Jura Lons-le-Saunier 3 17 509 260,681 4,999.2 52.1
FR-58 Blason département fr Nièvre.svg Nièvre Nevers 4 17 309 213,569 6,816.7 31.3
FR-70 Blason département fr Haute-Saône.svg Haute-Saône Vesoul 2 17 542 238,347 5,360.1 44.5
FR-71 Blason département fr Saône-et-Loire.svg Saône-et-Loire Mâcon 5 29 567 555,788 8,574.7 64.8
FR-89 Blason département fr Yonne.svg Yonne Auxerre 3 21 428 341,814 7,427.4 46.0
FR-90 Blason département fr Territoire de Belfort.svg Territoire de Belfort Belfort 1 9 102 144,334 609.4 236.8
Total of the Region 24 152 3,739 2,820,623 47,783.3 59.0

Arr. = Arrondissements          Cant. = Cantons          Comm. = Communes


The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region had, in 2014, a population of 2,820,623, for a population density of 59.0 inhabitants/km2. The department with more people living in it is Saône-et-Loire with 555,788 inhabitants.

After the Territoire de Belfort, the smallest department in the region, Doubs is the department with highest population density (102 inhabitants/km2). The density in the other departments is lower.


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