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Rhône-Alpes
Region o Fraunce

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Kintra  Fraunce
Prefectur Lyon
Depairtments
Government
 • Preses Jean-Jack Queyranne (PS)
Area
 • Total 43,698 km2 (16,872 sq mi)
Population (2010-01-01)
 • Total 6,218,444
 • Density 140/km2 (370/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
NUTS Region FR7
Website rhonealpes.fr

Rhône-Alpes (French pronunciation: [ron.alp] ( listen); Arpitan: Rôno-Arpes; Occitan: Ròse-Aups) is ane o the 27 regions o Fraunce, locatit on the eastren border o the kintra, towards the sooth. The region wis named efter the Rhône River an the Alps muntain range. Its caipital, Lyon, is the seicont-lairgest metropolitan aurie in Fraunce efter Paris. Rhône-Alpes haes the saxt-lairgest economy o ony European region.

Geography[eedit | eedit soorce]

Rhône-Alpes is locatit in the east o Fraunce. Tae the north are the French regions o Bourgogne (Burgundy) an Franche-Comté, tae the wast it borders the region Auvergne, tae the sooth it borders Languedoc-Roussillon an Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur. The east o the region contains the wastmaist pairt o the Alps an borders Swisserland an Italy. The heichest peak is Mont Blanc, on the French-Italian border. The central pairt o the region comprises the river valleys o the Rhône an the Saône. The confluence o these twa rivers is at Lyon. The wastren pairt o the region contains the stairt o the Massif Central muntain range. The region an aw borders or contains major lakes such as Lake Geneva (Lac Léman) an Lake Annecy. The Ardèche River flows through the soothwast portion o the region, whaur it haes carved the deepest gorge in Europe.

As wi the rest o Fraunce, French is the anerlie offeecial leid o the region. Till the mid-20t century, Arpitan wis widely spaken in the whole region, while mony o the inhabitants o the sooth spoke varieties o Occitan; baith are in steep decline in this region. There are immigrant populations frae Armenie, Italy, North Africae, Poland an Portugal amangst ither places.

Rhône-Alpes is made up o the follaein départements:

Population[eedit | eedit soorce]

Rhône-Alpes contains 3 major ceeties in Fraunce. It forms the triangle Lyon - Grenoble - Saint-Étienne. This triangle is the economic core o the region. These three urban auries are vera complementary, an hae smawer ceeties aroond, like satellites.

  • Lyon aurie : 1,798,395 inhabitants (2008)
  • Grenoble aurie : 560,453 inhabitants (2008)
  • Saint-Étienne aurie : 321,703 inhabitants (1999)
  • Valence aurie : 164,334 inhabitants (2008)

Prefecturs[eedit | eedit soorce]

This leet is frae biggest agglomeration tae the smawest:

Major ceeties[eedit | eedit soorce]

Annecy Saint-Chamond
Bourg-en-Bresse Saint-Étienne
Bron Saint-Martin-d'Hères
Chambéry Thonon-les-Bains
Grenoble Valence
Lyon Vaulx-en-Velin
Roanne Vénissieux
Montélimar Villeurbanne

Sport[eedit | eedit soorce]

Fitbaa[eedit | eedit soorce]

Main article: Olympique Lyonnais

Rhône-Alpes is the hame o several successful fitbaa teams, includin Olympique Lyonnais an AS Saint-Étienne (ane o the umwhile clubs o Michel Platini). Anither team joined the french top-level in 2008 : Grenoble Foot 38.

Winter Olympics[eedit | eedit soorce]

Rhône-Alpes region haes hostit the Winter Olympics three times; in 1924 at Chamonix, 1968 at Grenoble, an 1992 at Albertville. Annecy tried tae be 4th ceety, but it failed due tae Pyeongchang.

Lakes[eedit | eedit soorce]

There are sax main lakes in Rhône-Alpes

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