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Basic data
Country FranceFrance France
prefecture Dijon
President of the Regional Council Marie-Guite Dufay ( PS )
population 2,811,423 (2017)
Population density 58.8 inhabitants per km²
surface 47,790 km²
Departments 8th
Arrondissements 24
Community associations 120
Cantons 152
Communities 3,702
ISO-3166-2 code FR-BFC

Relief map of the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté [ buʁgɔɲ fʁãʃ kɔ̃te ] (abbreviation BFC ; German  Burgundy- Free County [Burgundy] ) is the name of the French region that was created on January 1, 2016 through the merger of the previous regions of Burgundy and Franche-Comté . The capital of the region is Dijon .

Bourgogne-Franche-Comté is the fifth largest region with 47,784 km² (excluding overseas regions) and has 2,811,423 inhabitants (as of 2017), making it the third smallest region in terms of population. It is divided into the eight departments of Côte-d'Or , Doubs , Haute-Saône , Jura , Nièvre , Saône-et-Loire , Territoire de Belfort and Yonne . It borders (starting clockwise from the north) with the Grand Est region , Switzerland and the Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes , Center-Val de Loire and Île-de-France regions .


The most populous cities in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region are:

city Inhabitants (year) Department
Dijon 156,920 (2017) Côte-d'Or
Besançon 115,934 (2017) Doubs
Belfort 47,656 (2017) Territoire de Belfort
Chalon-sur-Saône 45,096 (2017) Saône-et-Loire
Auxerre 34,634 (2017) Yonne
Nevers 32,990 (2017) Nièvre
Mâcon 33,638 (2017) Saône-et-Loire
Montbeliard 25,395 (2017) Doubs
Sens 25,935 (2017) Yonne
Dole 23,708 (2017) law


Political structure

The Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region is divided into eight departments :

OZ = Ordinal number of the department         Arr. = Number of arrondissements        According to = Number of municipalities
W. = Coat of arms of the department Kant. = Number of cantons
ISO = ISO-3166-2 code GV = Number of municipal associations
OZ W. Department prefecture ISO Arr. GV Kant. According to Residents
January 1, 2017
(inh / km²)
21st Coat of arms of the Côte-d'Or department Côte-d'Or Dijon FR-21 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000019.000000000019th 000000000000023.000000000023 000000000000698.0000000000698 000000000533819.0000000000533.819 000000000008763.00000000008,763 61
25th Coat of arms of the Doubs department Doubs Besançon FR-25 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000018.000000000018th 000000000000019.000000000019th 000000000000573.0000000000573 000000000539067.0000000000539.067 000000000005234.00000000005,234 103
39 Coat of arms of the Jura department law Lons-le-Saunier FR-39 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000494.0000000000494 000000000260188.0000000000260.188 000000000004999.00000000004,999 52
58 Coat of arms of the Nièvre department Nièvre Nevers FR-58 000000000000004.00000000004th 000000000000013.000000000013 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000309.0000000000309 000000000207182.0000000000207.182 000000000006817.00000000006,817 30th
70 Coat of arms of the Haute-Saône department Haute-Saône Vesoul FR-70 000000000000002.00000000002 000000000000019.000000000019th 000000000000017.000000000017th 000000000000539.0000000000539 000000000236659.0000000000236,659 000000000005360.00000000005,360 44
71 Coat of arms of the Saône-et-Loire department Saône-et-Loire Mâcon FR-71 000000000000005.00000000005 000000000000020.000000000020th 000000000000029.000000000029 000000000000565.0000000000565 000000000553595.0000000000553,595 000000000008574.00000000008,574 65
89 Coat of arms of the Yonne department Yonne Auxerre FR-89 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000016.000000000016 000000000000021.000000000021st 000000000000423.0000000000423 000000000338291.0000000000338.291 000000000007433.00000000007,433 46
90 Coat of arms of the Territoire de Belfort department Territoire de Belfort Belfort FR-90 000000000000001.00000000001 000000000000003.00000000003 000000000000009.00000000009 000000000000101.0000000000101 000000000142622.0000000000142,622 000000000000610.0000000000610 234
total 000000000000024.000000000024 000000000000120.0000000000120 000000000000152.0000000000152 000000000003702.00000000003,702 2,811,423 000000000047790.000000000047,790 59
Arrondissements in the
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region
Cantons in the
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region
Associations of municipalities in the
Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region

Regional council

Result of the election of the regional council on December 13, 2015:


Bourgogne is particularly known for its viticulture. Over 200 million bottles are filled annually in the AOC wine cellars ( Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée ) south of Dijon. The vineyards and picturesque villages of the Plateau bourguignon ( Côte de Beaune , Côte challonaise , Côte de Nuits ) even attract tourists from Japan and the United States of America.

Cattle breeding and the meat industry are very present further west : the white Charolais cattle graze here; the meat tested by the surrounding laboratories is world-class. In general, the Bourgogne with its oak and pine forests is a kind of green lung for France and, as the source of the Yonne, it supplies water for the Paris basin ( Bassin parisien ). The factories of the steel industry in Le Creusot , for example, had to close their doors in the past few decades; Of its importance as an industrial region, almost all that remains is the good TGV connection, which connects the région-passoire (transit region), which is considered part of the diagonale du vide (the empty diagonal of France), with Paris, Lyon and Marseille.

The Franche-Comté region is known as “Siberia of France” (sometimes −20 to −40 degrees in winter) and is characterized by poor infrastructure in the village-like Jura basin. Only cheese production thrives here (AOC cheese: Comté & Morbier).

Only in the south and in the north (Jura / Oyonnaux and Montbéliard / Belfort / Sochaux ) are large world-class companies located: the French car manufacturer Peugeot produces near Montbéliard and Sochaux ; In Belfort, the railway and TGV supplier Alstom is boosting the economy and in the southern Jura, not far from Oyonnaux, there is the plastics-vallée - the location of the largest plastic processing companies in Europe, the French equivalent of Silicon Valley . The two economic centers benefit from the Rhine-Rhône connection, the proximity to Lyon , Alsace and Switzerland ( Basel ). Other economic centers are the regional capitals Dijon and Besançon.

However, in terms of population development, this is just as much a shortcoming as the weak infrastructure, because all the surrounding regions and cities of France are overtaking the tranquil Franche-Comté with the small Besançon.


The region, newly created in 2016, unites the historic Burgundian heartland, which was already divided into two political units in the Middle Ages: the Duchy of Burgundy , which made up a large part of the later region of Bourgogne , and the Free County of Burgundy (French Franche Comté de Bourgogne ), which largely coincides with the later Franche-Comté region coincided.

The name was initially formed provisionally from the alphabetical order of the merged regions and was finally confirmed by the Conseil d'État on October 1, 2016, following a resolution by the regional council .

The Nièvre department is roughly the same size as the historical Nivernais . The Territoire de Belfort belonged to the German annexation of Alsace-Lorraine after the Franco-German War (1870-71) to Alsace after and was the First World War not with the Haut-Rhin department reunited, but to a dedicated department that is no longer the Alsace is counted. The northern part of the Dèpartemants Yonne was historically part of the Champagne .

Map of the region and its departments as well as the historical provinces of France that existed on their territory at the time of the French Revolution.
  • Duchy of Burgundy
  • Free County of Burgundy (Franche-Comté)
  • Nivernais
  • Champagne
  • Alsace
  • Orléanais
  • Württemberg-Mömpelgard (Montbéliard)
  • Île de France
  • Others
  • Web links

    Commons : Bourgogne-Franche-Comté  - Collection of images, videos and audio files

    Individual evidence

    1. Résultats régionales 2015 - Bourgogne, Franche-Comté on, accessed on January 6, 2016.
    2. La carte des régions en 2015 on, accessed on May 9, 2015.
    3. Mathilde SIRAUD: Occitanie, Nouvelle-Aquitaine ...: discordes autour des nouveaux noms de régions In: , June 27, 2016th