Franche-Comté

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Franche-Comté
Region o Fraunce

Flag
Official logo of Franche-Comté
Logo
Kintra Banner o Fraunce Fraunce
Prefectur Besançon
Depairtments
Government
 • Preses Marie-Marguerite Dufay (PS)
Area
 • Total 16,202 km2 (6,256 sq mi)
Population (2008-01-01)
 • Total 1,159,000
 • Density 72/km2 (190/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-I
NUTS Region FR43
Website franche-comte.fr

Franche-Comté (French pronunciation: [fʁɑ̃ʃ kɔ̃te]; Franc-Comtois: Fraintche-Comtè; Arpitan: Franche-Comtât) the umwhile "Free Coonty" o Burgundy, as destinct frae the neighbourin Duchy, is an admeenistrative region an a traditional province o eastren Fraunce. It is composed o the modren depairtments o Doubs, Jura, Haute-Saône an Territoire de Belfort an haes a population o 1,159,000 (2008).

The principal ceeties are the caipital Besançon, Belfort, an Montbéliard (Aire Urbaine Belfort-Montbéliard-Héricourt-Delle). Ither important ceeties are Dole (caipital afore the region wis conquered bi Louis XIV in the late 17t century), Vesoul (caipital o Haute-Saône), Arbois (the "wine caipital" o the Jura), an Lons-le-Saunier (caipital o Jura).

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Amang the regional leids o Fraunce the term Franc-Comtois refers tae twa dialects o twa different leids. Franc-Comtois is the name o baith the dialect o Langue d'Oïl spoken bi fowk in the northren pairt o the region an the dialect o Arpitan spoken in its soothren pairt syne as early as the 13t century (the soothren twa-thirds o Jura an the soothren third o Doubs). Baith are recognized as leids o Fraunce.

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Coordinates: 47°00′N 6°00′E / 47.000°N 6.000°E / 47.000; 6.000