Franche-Comté (meaning "Free County") is a former administrative region of France. It is now part of the administrative region of Bourgogne-Franche-Comté. It is in the east of the country, bordering Switzerland. Its capital was Besançon. In 2009, about 1.1 million people lived in the region.
In the local dialect, Frainc-Comtou, the name is Fraintche-Comtè. In Arpitan it is Franche-Comtât.
The departments in the region were:
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