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Country France
 • PresidentLaurent Wauquiez (The Republicans)
 • Total69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi)
 • Total7,877,698
 • Density110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)

Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes or ARA (French pronunciation: [ovɛʁɲ ʁon alp] (About this soundlisten), Arpitan: Ôvèrgne-Rôno-Ârpes, Occitan: Auvèrnhe Ròse Aups, Italian: Alvernia-Rodano-Alpi) is a region of France created by the territorial reform of French Regions in 2014; it resulted from the merger of Auvergne and Rhône-Alpes. The new region came into effect on 1 January 2016, after the regional elections in December 2015.[1]

The region covers an area of more than 69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi), making it the third largest in metropolitan France, with a population of 7,695,264, second only to Île-de-France.[2]


The text of the territorial reform law gives interim names for most of the merged regions, combining the names of their constituent regions separated by hyphens. Permanent names would be proposed by the new regional councils and confirmed by the Conseil d'État by 1 October 2016.[3]

The interim name of the new administrative region was a hyphenated placename, composed of the historic region of Auvergne, the river Rhône, and the French Alps (Alpes). The same name has been chosen as the definitive name, which was officialized by the Conseil d'État on 28 September 2016.[4]

Other Languages
العربية: أوفرن-رون ألب
azərbaycanca: Overn-Rona-Alp
Bân-lâm-gú: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
беларуская (тарашкевіца)‎: Авэрнь-Рона-Альпы
български: Оверн-Рона-Алпи
客家語/Hak-kâ-ngî: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Bahasa Indonesia: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
Lëtzebuergesch: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
македонски: Оверњ-Рона-Алпи
Piemontèis: Alvernia-Ròno-Alp
Simple English: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes
српски / srpski: Оверња-Рона-Алпи
українська: Овернь-Рона-Альпи
Tiếng Việt: Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes