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Ile-De-France Province of France

Facts on Île-de-France

Land area: 12,011 km²
Population: estimated at 11,362,000
Area: 946/km² (2005)
Capital City: Paris

The Ile de France is one of the 26 regions of France, and was created as the "District of the Paris Region" in 1961 and, with borders unchanged, was transformed into the Île-de-France region in 1976.


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Facts on Ile-De-France Province of France

Despite the change in name, Île-de-France is still popularly referred to as the Région Parisienne, otherwise known as the "Paris Region" by the French people who live in this area.

Île-de-France is the most populated region of France, having more inhabitants than the European countries of Belgium, Greece, or Sweden, and about as many inhabitants as the U.S. state of Ohio.

Ile de France is the third most populous subnational entity in the European Union after the North Rhine-Westphalia and Bavaria.

Also, the Île-de-France région is made up of eight départements centred around its innermost département and the capital city Paris

Around the Paris département, urbanization fills a first ring of three départements commonly known as the petite couronne ("small ring"), and extends into a second outer ring of four départements known as the grande couronne ("large ring").

Most of the Île-de-France is covered by the Paris metropolitan area (aire urbaine de Paris).  This is a statistical area which encompasses the Paris urban area and its couronne périurbaine commuter belt.  At the last census in 1999, 88% of the Île-de-France's population lived in the Paris urban area and 99% of the same regional population lived in the Paris metropolitan area (9,644,507 people and 10,842,037 people respectively).

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