|Region of France|
|• President||Michel Vauzelle (PS)|
|• Total||31,400 km2 (12,100 sq mi)|
|• Density||160/km2 (410/sq mi)|
|Time zone||CET (UTC+1)|
|• Summer (DST)||CEST (UTC+2)|
|ISO 3166 code||FR-U|
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur (French pronunciation: [pʁɔ.vɑ̃s alp kot da.zyʁ]; Provençal: Provença-Aups-Còsta d'Azur / Prouvènço-Aup-Costo d'Azur; Italian: Provenza-Alpi-Costa Azzurra) or PACA is one of the 27 regions of France.
It is made up of:
- the former French province of Provence
- the former papal territory of Avignon, known as Comtat Venaissin
- the former Sardinian-Piedmontese county of Nice, whose coastline is known in English as the French Riviera, and in French as the Côte d'Azur
- the southeastern part of the former French province of Dauphiné, in the French Alps.
It encompasses six departments in south-eastern France, bounded to the east by the Italian border, to the south by the Mediterranean Sea and by the principality of Monaco, to the north by Rhône-Alpes, and to the west by Languedoc-Roussillon, with the Rhône river marking its westernmost border. The six departments are:
The region logo displays the coat of arms created in the 1990s and which combines the coats of arms of the old provinces making up Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur.
Economically the region is the third most important in France just behind Île-de-France and Rhône-Alpes. Its GDP in 2006 was € 130,178 million ($US 163,600 million) and per capita GDP was € 27,095 ($US 34,051).
According to a study in 2009, nearly 42% of all newborns in Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in 2007 had at least one parent originated from Maghreb, Sub-Saharan Africa or Overseas departments and territories of France. This is the second highest rate after Île-de-France (Greater Paris) at about 56%.
The largest cities in the region are Marseille (administrative capital city of the region), Nice, Toulon, and Aix-en-Provence, each with a population exceeding 100,000 inhabitants as of the 1999 census.
Marseille with an urban area of 2 Million inh, is the largest and capital city of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Region.
- Antibes (includes Juan-les-Pins)
- La Seyne-sur-Mer
- Le Cannet
- Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur : soft singsong accents- Official French website (in English)
- Provence-Alpes-Cote d'Azur at the Open Directory Project
- Conseil régional Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Official website
- FranceSouth.com Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur Guide