New Aquitaine Fast Facts

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New Aquitaine | Fast Facts


o As of January 1, 2016 – there are 5,943,100 inhabitants in New Aquitaine in 12 different counties
o Nouvelle Aquitaine is the 4th largest region consisting of population size making it 9.1% of the population in mainland France
o Density: 70 inhabitants / km2, metropolitan France: 116 inhabitants / km2
o Bordeaux: 246,586 inhabitants, Limoges: 134,577 inhabitants, Poitiers: 87,435 inhabitants
o Bordeaux Metropolis: 760 933 inhabitants


o € 159,790 million in 2014 or 7.5% of the GDP of metropolitan France
o Averaging 27,126 € in 2014 per inhabitant, 6th in the national rank
o After Île-de-France, New Aquitaine is the premier French region in research and innovation, with five universities (Bordeaux, La Rochelle, Limoges, Poitiers and Pau) and several Grandes Ecoles. The first agricultural region of Europe in terms of turnover, it is the first French region in terms of tourism jobs, as it has three of the four historic resorts on the French Atlantic coast (Arcachon, Biarritz and Royan), as well as several ski resorts (e.g. Gourette), and is the fifth French region in terms of business creation (all sectors).
o Its economy is based on agriculture and viticulture (vineyards of Bordeaux and Cognac), tourism, a powerful aerospace industry, digital economy and design, parachemical and pharmaceutical industries, financial sector(Niort is the fourth-largest financial center in the nation, specializing in mutual insurance companies), and industrial ceramics (Limoges). Many companies specializing in surfing and related sports have located along the coast.


o 84,100 km², covering 15.5% of the national territory
o It is the largest region in France by area, with a territory slightly larger than that of Austria; even French Guiana is smaller. Its largest city, Bordeaux, together with its suburbs and satellite cities, forms the 7th-largest metropolitan area of France, with 850,000 inhabitants. The region has 25 major urban areas, among which the most important after Bordeaux are Bayonne (288,000 inhabitants), Limoges (283,000), Poitiers (255,000), Pau(241,000), and La Rochelle (206,000), as well as 11 major clusters. The growth of its population, particularly marked on the coast, makes this one of the most attractive areas economically in France: the new region outperforms the Île-de-France and Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur in terms of demographic dynamism.


Céline BOUTE
New Aquitaine Tourism Board