Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is a region in southeast-central France created. The region covers an area of 69,711 km2 (26,916 sq mi), making it the third largest in metropolitan France; it had a population of 7,948,287 in 2017, second to Île-de-France. (Paris).
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the leading industrial region in France with more than 505,000 jobs (salaried and non-salaried) on 54,400 sites, it is the French region with the highest number of jobs in industry. Industry generates 18.3% of the region’s added value, compared with 14.3% in mainland France.
Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes is the third largest region in France and is almost as big as the Netherlands and Belgium combined. With a population of more than 7.8 million, it accounts for 11.5% of the national GDP, placing it second in the country behind Île-de-France and equivalent to Catalonia in the European Union. With a GDP per capita of €31,060, it exceeds Scotland and Veneto.