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Los occitans
Total population
c. 16 million
Regions with significant populations
Occitan (native); French, as well as Italian, Spanish, Catalan (as a result of language shift)
Christianity (Catholicism, Protestantism), Judaism, Islam
Related ethnic groups
Catalans, Andorrans, other Latin peoples

The Occitans (Occitan: los occitans) are an indigenous Romance ethnic group, originating in Occitania (Southern France, Northeastern Spain, Northwestern Italy). [1][2][3][4][5]

The Occitan language is still used by estimates range from 100,000 to 800,000 speakers; Occitan language is recognized as official language in Catalonia (Spain).

The Occitans are concentrated in Occitania, but also in big urban centres in neighbouring countries: Lyon, Paris, Turin, Barcelona.


  1. ^ Pèire Bec, "Occitan", in Rebecca Posner, John N. Green eds. Language and philology in Romance, Walter de Gruyter, 1982.
    Reprint Volume 3 Language and Philology in Romance. 2011. Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter Mouton. Retrieved 24 Nov. 2015, from http://www.degruyter.com/view/product/48412
  2. ^ Gregory Hanlon, Confession and Community in Seventeenth-century France: Catholic and Protestant Coexistence in Aquitaine, University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993, p. 20
  3. ^ Robert Gildea, France since 1945, Oxford University Press, 1996
  4. ^ Peter McPhee, "Frontiers, Ethnicity and Identity in the French Revolution: Catalans and Occitans", in Ian Coller, Helen Davies, and Julie Kalman, eds, French History and Civilisation: Papers from the George Rudé Seminar, Vol. 1, Melbourne: The George Rudé Society, 2005
  5. ^ Jeffrey Cole, Ethnic Groups of Europe: An Encyclopedia, ABC-CLIO, 2011