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Paris is the caipital ceety an lairgest ceety o Fraunce. It is situatit on the river Seine, in northren Fraunce, at the hert o the Île-de-France region (or Paris Region, French: Région parisienne). The ceety o Paris, athin its admeenistrative limits (the 20 arrondissements) lairgely unchyngit syne 1860, haes an estimatit population o 2,211,297 (Januar 2008), but the Paris metropolitan aurie haes a population o 12,089,098 (Januar 2008), an is ane o the maist populatit metropolitan auries in Europe. Paris wis the lairgest ceety in the Wastren warld for aboot 1,000 years, prior tae the 19t century, an the lairgest in the entire warld atween the 16t an 19t centuries.

Commune an depairtment
Seine and Eiffel Tower from Tour Saint Jacques 2013-08.JPG
Arc Triomphe (square).jpgNotre Dame dalla Senna.jpg
Louvre Museum Wikimedia Commons.jpg
Clockwise frae tap: skyline o Paris on the Seine wi the Eiffel Tower, Notre-Dame de Paris, the Louvre an its large pyramid, an the Arc de Triomphe
Banner o Paris
Coat o airms o Paris
Coat o airms
Motto(s): Fluctuat nec mergitur
"Tossed but niver sunk"
Paris is locatit in Fraunce
Location within Île-de-France region
Paris is locatit in Île-de-France (region)
Coordinates: 48°51′24″N 2°21′03″E / 48.8567°N 2.3508°E / 48.8567; 2.3508Coordinates: 48°51′24″N 2°21′03″E / 48.8567°N 2.3508°E / 48.8567; 2.3508
Kintra Fraunce
Region Île-de-France
Depairtment Paris
Subdiveesions 20 arrondissements
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Anne Hidalgo (PS)
 • Ceety 105.4 km2 (40.7 sq mi)
 • Urban 2,845 km2 (1,098 sq mi)
 • Metro 17,174.4 km2 (6,631.1 sq mi)
Population (2015)2[2][3][4]
 • Ceety 2,206,488
 • Rank 1st in Fraunce
 • Density 21,000/km2 (54,000/sq mi)
 • Urban 10,601,122
 • Urban density 3,700/km2 (9,700/sq mi)
 • Metro 12,405,426
 • Metro density 720/km2 (1,900/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Parisian
Parisien(ne) (fr)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Simmer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 75056 /75001–75020, 75116

1 French Laund Register data, that excludes lochs, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) an river estuaries.

2 Population withoot dooble coontin: residents o multiple communes (e.g., students an militar personnel) anerly coontit ance.

Kent warldwide as the Ceity o Licht (la Ville Lumière), Paris haes been a major tourist destination for centuries. The ceity is weel-kent fae the beauty o its airchitectur, its urban perspectives an avenues, an the walth o its museums an aw. Biggit on an airc o the Watter Seine, it is dividit intil twa pairts: the Richt Baunk tae the north and the smawer Left Baunk tae the sooth.

Formerly the caipital o a colonial empire raxin ower five continents, Paris is yit regairdit as the hert o the French-speakin warld an haes hauden a strang international poseetion, hostin the heidquarters o the OECD an the UNESCO amang ithers. This, combined wi its financial, business, poleetical, and tourism acteevities, haes turned Paris intil ane o the major transportation hubs in the warld. New York, Lunnon, Tokyo, an Paris is aften listit as the fower major global ceeties.

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