Franche-Comté (meaning "Free County") is a region of France. It is in the east of the country, bordering Switzerland. Its capital is Besançon. In 2009, about 1.1 million people lived in the region.
In the local dialect, Frainc-Comtou, the name is Fraintche-Comtè. In Arpitan it is Franche-Comtât.
The departments in the region are:
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