Midi-Pyrénées

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Midi-Pyrénées
Region o Fraunce

Flag
Kintra Banner o Fraunce Fraunce
Prefectur Toulouse
Depairtments
Government
 • Preses Martin Malvy (PS)
Area
 • Total 45,348 km2 (17,509 sq mi)
Population (2009-01-01)
 • Total 2,865,000
 • Density 63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
ISO 3166 code FR-N
GDP/ Nominal € 73 billion (2006)[1]
GDP per capita € 26,200 (2006)[1]
NUTS Region FR6
Website midipyrenees.fr

Midi-Pyrénées (French: [midi piʁene] ( listen); Occitan: Miègjorn-Pirenèus or Mieidia-Pirenèus) is the laorgest region in metropolitan Fraunce bi land aurie, lairger than the Netherlands or Denmark.

Midi-Pyrénées haes nae historical or geographical unity. It is ane o the regions o Fraunce creatit airtificially in the late 20t century tae serve as a hinterland an zone o influence for its caipital, Toulouse, ane o a haundful o so-cried "balancin metropolises" (métropoles d'équilibre).[2] Anither example o this is the region o Rhône-Alpes which wis creatit as the region for Lyon.

The name chosen for the new region wis decidit bi the French central govrenment athoot reference tae the historical provinces (too mony o them inside the region) an based purely on geography: Midi (i.e. "soothren Fraunce") - Pyrénées (Pyrénées muntains that serve as the region's soothren bundary). The French adjective an name o the inhabitants o the region is: Midi-Pyrénéen.

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  1. 1.0 1.1 "GDP per inhabitant in 2006 ranged from 25% of the EU27 average in Nord-Est in Romania to 336% in Inner London". Eurostat. 
  2. In the 1960s, aicht lairge regional ceeties o Fraunce (Toulouse, Lille, Nancy, Strasbourg, Lyon, Nantes, Bordeaux, an Marseille) wur made "balancin metropolises", receivin special feenancial an technical help frae the French govrenment in order tae coonterbalance the excessive weight o Paris inside Fraunce.

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Coordinates: 43°30′N 1°20′E / 43.500°N 1.333°E / 43.500; 1.333