Centre-Val de Loire

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Centre-Val de Loire
Centre e Vau de Léger  (Occitan)
The Loire river as it passes through Orléans
The Loire river as it passes through Orléans
Flag of Centre-Val de Loire
Coat of arms of Centre-Val de Loire
Centre-Val de Loire in France 2016.svg
Country France
PrefectureOrléans
Departments
Government
 • President of the Regional CouncilFrançois Bonneau (PS)
Area
 • Total39,151 km2 (15,116 sq mi)
Area rank7th
Population
 (2018)
 • Total2,572,853
 • Density66/km2 (170/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 codeFR-CVL
GDP (2012)[1]Ranked 9th
Total€67.1 billion (US$86.3 bn)
Per capita€26,126 (US$33,603)
NUTS RegionFR2
Largest cityTours
Websitewww.regioncentre-valdeloire.fr

Centre-Val de Loire (/ˌvæl də ˈlwɑːr/, /ˌvɑːl-/, French pronunciation: ​[sɑ̃tʁə val də lwaʁ],[Notes 1] lit.'Centre-Loire Valley'; Occitan: Centre e Vau de Léger) or Centre Region (French: région Centre, [ʁeʒjɔ̃ sɑ̃tʁ]), as it was known until 2015, is one of the eighteen administrative regions of France. It straddles the middle Loire Valley in the interior of the country, with a population of 2,572,853 as of 2018. Its prefecture is Orléans.

Naming and etymology[edit]

Logo used until 2015

Like many contemporary regions of France, the region of Centre-Val de Loire was created from parts of historical provinces: Touraine, Orléanais and Berry. First, the name Centre was chosen by the government purely on the basis of geography, in reference to its location in northwest-central France (the central part of the original French language area).

However, Centre is not situated in the geographical centre of France (except the Cher department); the name was criticised as being too dull and nondescript.[citation needed] Proposed names for the region included Val de Loire after the Loire Valley (the main feature of the region) or Cœur de Loire (Heart of Loire).[citation needed] On 17 January 2015, as part of the reorganisation of French regions, the region's official name was changed to Centre-Val de Loire.[2] Val de Loire is associated with positive images of the Loire Valley, such as the châteaux, the gentle and refined lifestyle, wine, as well as the mild and temperate climate, all of which attract many tourists to the region. A new logo was also created.

Geography[edit]

Bordering six other regions, Centre-Val-de-Loire borders the most of all eighteen regions in France. The bordering regions are Normandy on the northwest, Île-de-France on the northeast, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté on the east, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes on the southeast, Nouvelle-Aquitaine on the southwest and Pays de la Loire on the west.

Departments[edit]

Centre-Val de Loire comprises six departments: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher and Loiret.

Largest cities[edit]

Economy[edit]

The gross domestic product (GDP) of the region was 72.4 billion euros in 2018, accounting for 3.1% of French economic output. GDP per capita adjusted for purchasing power was 25,200 euros or 84% of the EU27 average in the same year. The GDP per employee was 99% of the EU average.[3]

An economic development agency, called Centréco, was created in 1994 by the Regional Council of Centre to promote the inflow of investments and the establishment setting-up of new businesses French and foreign companies in the Centre region. This ensures a mission of economic promotion, international support to regional companies and enhancement promotion of regional agrofood products via a regional signature, © du Centre.

Gallery[edit]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ In isolation, Centre is pronounced [sɑ̃tʁ].

References[edit]

  1. ^ INSEE. "Produits intérieurs bruts régionaux et valeurs ajoutées régionales de 1990 à 2012". Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  2. ^ "Journal officiel of 17 January 2015". Légifrance (in French). 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2015-03-10.
  3. ^ "Regional GDP per capita ranged from 30% to 263% of the EU average in 2018". Eurostat.

External links[edit]

Media related to Centre-Val de Loire at Wikimedia Commons

Coordinates: 47°30′N 1°45′E / 47.500°N 1.750°E / 47.500; 1.750