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Flag of Burgundy
Coat of arms of Burgundy
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Bourgogne in France.svg
Country  France
Dissolved 2016-01-01
Prefecture Dijon
 • Total 31,582 km2 (12,194 sq mi)
 • Total 1,631,000
 • Density 51.643/km2 (133.76/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code FR-D
GDP (2012) Ranked 16th
Total €42.7 billion (US$55.0 bn)
Per capita €25,996 (US$33,436)
NUTS Region FR2

Burgundy (French: Bourgogne) is a former administrative region of France. It is now part of the administrative region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. It was also a historic region in eastern France. The French adjective and name of the inhabitants of the region is Bourguignon.

With over 31,500 square kilometres (12,200 sq mi), it is one of the largest region of France. It covers about 6% of the territory of the country.

The four departments in the region were Côte-d'Or, Nièvre, Saône-et-Loire and Yonne. Its capital was Dijon.


Burgundy was named for the Germanic Burgundian tribe who moved there from an island in the Baltic Sea. They moved when the Roman Empire fell apart to set up a kingdom with its own laws. This included part of what is now Switzerland.

During the Middle Ages, Burgundy was ruled by dukes. In the 15th century it was very powerful. The dukes ruled lands as far north as the Netherlands. After Duke Charles the Bold died when he wanted to conquer the city of Nancy in 1477, France took southern Burgundy. It was a province until 1790. The House of Habsburg got the northern part, which later became the Southern Netherlands.


Carte de la Bourgogne (Relief)
Map of Burgundy

The Burgundy region is one of the largest regions of Metropolitan France. It has an area of 31,582 km2 (12,194 sq mi). It bordered with five other regions: Champagne-Ardenne to the north, Franche-Comté to the east, Rhône-Alpes to the southeast, Auvergne to the southwest, Centre-Val de Loire to the west and Île-de-France to the north.

Most of the territory of Burgundy is occupied by a plateau of low hills (the Burgundy Hills) surrounded by valleys of the main rivers. The valley of the Yonne river and its tributaries is to the north of the region. To the southeast is the valley of the Saône river.

In the centre of the plateau (and of the region), there is a group of low mountains: the Morvan. The highest point in Burgundy, the Haut-Folin (46°59′46″N 4°02′13″E / 46.99611°N 4.03694°E / 46.99611; 4.03694 (Haut-Folin)), is in these mountains, in the Saône-et-Loire department. It is 901 m (2,956 ft) high.

The main rivers of the region are Yonne, Armançon, Loire, Seine and Saône.

The climate of Burgundy is an oceanic climate with temperate summers, "Cfb" (Marine West Coast Climate) in the Köppen climate classification.


The Burgundy region is formed by four departments:

Département Préfecture ISO
Côte-d'Or Dijon FR-21 527,403   8,763 60.2
Nièvre Nevers FR-58 216,786 6,817 31.8
Saône-et-Loire Mâcon FR-71 555,039 8,575 64.7
Yonne Auxerre FR-89 341,902 7,427 46.0


The Burgundy region has a population, in 2012, of 1,641,130, for a population density of 52.0 inhabitants/km2.

Conseil Régional de Bourgogne 02
Seat of the regional council of Burgundy in Dijon.

The ten main cities in the region are:

City Population
Dijon 152,071 Côte-d'Or
Chalon-sur-Saône 44,564 Saône-et-Loire
Nevers 35,327 Nièvre
Auxerre 35,096 Yonne
Mâcon 32,917 Saône-et-Loire
Sens 25,106 Yonne
Le Creusot 22,574 Saône-et-Loire
Beaune 21,806 Côte-d'Or
Montceau-les-Mines 18,956 Saône-et-Loire
Autun 14,124 Saône-et-Loire


The region is known for its wines, both red and white. Many well-known wines, such as Macon and Beaujolais, were first made here. A few wines are also the 'Arbois'-type. Arbois wines are between red and white and almost yellow in colour.


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