Centre-Val de Loire

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Centre-Val de Loire
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
Coat of arms
Centre-Val de Loire in France 2016.svg
Country France
 • President of the Regional CouncilFrançois Bonneau (PS)
 • Total39,151 km2 (15,116 sq mi)
Area rank7th
 • Total2,538,000
 • Density65/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

Centre-Val de Loire (French pronunciation: ​[sɑ̃tʁə val də lwaʁ],[2] literal translation: "Centre-Loire Valley") or Centre Region (French: Région Centre, pronounced [ʁeʒjɔ̃ sɑ̃tʁ]) is one of the 18 administrative regions of France. It straddles the middle Loire Valley in the interior of the country. The administrative capital is Orléans.

Naming and etymology[edit]

Logo used prior to 2015

Like many contemporary regions of France, the region of Centre-Val de Loire was created from parts of three historical provinces: Touraine, Orléanais, and Berry. First, the name Centre was chosen by the French 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), and the name was criticized 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 (i.e. Heart of Loire).[citation needed] On 17 January 2015, as part of the reorganization of French regions, the region's official name was changed to Centre-Val de Loire.[3] Val de Loire is associated with positive images of the Loire Valley, such as the châteaux, the gentle and refined lifestyle, the wine, and the mild and temperate climate, all of which attract many tourists to the region. A new logo was also created.


Bordering six other regions, Centre-Val-de-Loire borders the most of all 18 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 south and southwest, and Pays de la Loire on the west.


Centre-Val De Loire comprises 6 departments: Cher, Eure-et-Loir, Indre, Indre-et-Loire, Loir-et-Cher, Loiret.

Largest cities[edit]


An economic development agency, called Centréco, was created in 1994 by the Centre Regional Council of the Centre-Loire valley region (France) 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.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ INSEE. "Produits intérieurs bruts régionaux et valeurs ajoutées régionales de 1990 à 2012". Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  2. ^ In isolation, Centre is pronounced [sɑ̃tʁ].
  3. ^ "Journal officiel of 17 January 2015". Légifrance (in French). 2015-01-17. Retrieved 2015-03-10.

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