Regions of France

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(incl. overseas regions)

(incl. overseas departments)

Urban communities
Agglomeration communities
Commune communities
Syndicates of New Agglomeration

Associated communes
Municipal arrondissements

Overseas collectivities
Sui generis collectivity
Overseas country
Overseas territory
Clipperton Island

France is divided into 26 administrative regions (French: régions), 22 of which are in Metropolitan France, and four of which are overseas. Corsica is a territorial collectivity (French: collectivité territoriale), but is considered a region in mainstream usage, and is even shown as such on the INSEE website.[1] Each mainland region and Corsica are further subdivided into departments, ranging in number from 2 to 8 per region for the metropolitan ones whereas the overseas regions are technically composed by only one département.

The term "région" was officially created by the Law of Decentralization (2 March 1982), which also conferred regions their legal status. The first direct elections for regional representatives took place on 16 March 1986.[2]


General characteristics

In mainland France (excluding Corsica), the median land area of a region is 25,809 km² (9,965 sq mi), which is slightly larger than the US state of Vermont, and 4% the median land area of a Canadian province, but 15% larger than the median land area of a German region ("Regierungsbezirk"), and 67% larger than the area of a region of England.

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