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Franche-Comté in figures

Vallée de La Loue

Vallée de La Loue - ©CRT de Franche-Comté


- The mountain terrain

Two massifs: the Jura Massif that forms a natural border with Switzerland, and the Vosges Massif that straddles three regions, namely Alsace, Lorraine, and Franche-Comté.

Jura Massif peaks: Crêt Pela> 1495m - Mont d’Or> 1463m

Vosges Massif peaks: Ballon d’Alsace> 1247m - Ballon de Servance> 1216m

The massifs are protected by two regional natural parks: the Parc Naturel Régional du Haut-Jura and the Parc Naturel Régional des Ballons des Vosges.

- Water

5.350 km of waterways, of which 4549km can be fished, 80 lakes, 1000 ponds,320km of navigable waterways (the Saône and the Doubs).

- Forest

Forest covers 42% (705,000 hectares) of the Franche-Comté, making it the most wooded region in France


- A range of activities to choose from:

In summer, there are 5000km of paths for hiking, horse riding, and mountain biking. In winter, there are 3500km of signposted and maintained cross-country skiing trails, as well as those belonging to the Grande Traversée du Jura (GTJ: 200km).

187km of bike paths – Eurovélo 6

3 spa resorts: Luxeuil-les-Bains Salins-les-Bains and Lons-le-Saunier

2 rated ski resorts: les Rousses and Métabief

Around 200 visitor attractions including museums, tourist attractions, and monuments.

- Main industries :

Industry in the Franche-Comté is made up of traditional crafts such as watchmaking, production of glasses in Morez, and woodworking in Haut-Jura. Large industrial companies are also present in the region, and include car and transport manufacturers like PSA Peugeot-Citroën in Montbéliard and Alstom in Belfort, as well as chemical companies with Solvay operating in Dole.

Besançon, place Pasteur

Besançon, place Pasteur - ©CRT de Franche-Comté


DOUBS 520.133 hab
JURA 258.897 hab
HAUTE-SAÔNE 237.197 hab


BESANÇON 126.991 hab
MONTBÉLIARD 112.835 hab
BELFORT 79.335 hab
DOLE 30.239 hab
VESOUL 28.730 hab