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Lemosin  (Occitan)
Limousin flag.svg
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Coordinates: 45°41′17″N1°37′14″E / 45.68795°N 1.620483°E / 45.68795; 1.620483 Coordinates: 45°41′17″N1°37′14″E / 45.68795°N 1.620483°E / 45.68795; 1.620483
CountryFlag of France.svg France
Prefecture Limoges
   President Gérard Vandenbroucke (PS)
  Total16,942 km2 (6,541 sq mi)
 (2010-01-01) [1]
  Density44/km2 (110/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
ISO 3166 code FR-L
GDP  (2012) [2] Ranked 21st
Total€17.3 billion (US$24.2 bn)
Per capita€24,354 (US$34,076)
NUTS Region FR6
Website(in French)

Limousin (French pronunciation:  [limuzɛ̃] ( Loudspeaker.svg listen ); Occitan : Lemosin [lemuˈzi] ) is a former administrative region of southwest-central France. On 1 January 2016, it became part of the new administrative region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine. [3] It comprised three departments: Corrèze, Creuse, and Haute-Vienne.


Situated mostly in the west side of south-central French Massif Central, Limousin had (in 2010) 742,770 inhabitants [1] spread out on nearly 17,000 km2 (6,600 square miles), making it the least populated region of metropolitan France.

Forming part of the southwest of the country, Limousin is bordered by the regions of Centre-Val de Loire to the north, Auvergne to the east, Midi-Pyrénées to the south, Aquitaine to the southwest, and Poitou-Charentes to the west. Limousin is also part of the larger historical Occitania region.


The population of Limousin is aging and, until 1999, was declining. The department of Creuse has the oldest population of any in France. Between 1999 and 2004 the population of Limousin increased slightly, reversing a decline for the first time in decades. [4]

Major communities

Limoges, half-timbered house by the bridge Saint Martial Limoges half-timbered house.JPG
Limoges, half-timbered house by the bridge Saint Martial
Small river in Creuse, Limousin Ruisseau du Langladure au Moulin.jpg
Small river in Creuse, Limousin


Coat of Arms of Limousin BlasonLimousin.svg
Coat of Arms of Limousin

Limousin is one of the traditional provinces of France. Its name derives from that of a Celtic tribe, the Lemovices, who had their capital at Saint-Denis-des-Murs and whose main sanctuary was recently[ when? ] found in Tintignac, a site which became a major site for Celtic studies thanks to unique objects which were found – such as the carnyces, unique in the whole Celtic world. [5]

Viscount Aimar V of Limoges (c. 1135c. 1199) was a notable ruler of the region.


Until the 1970s, Occitan was the primary language of rural areas. There remain several different Occitan dialects in use in Limousin, although their use is rapidly declining. These are:


Notable residents

From Corrèze

From Creuse

From Haute-Vienne

See also


  1. 1 2 INSEE, 2010 census results
  2. INSEE. "Produits intérieurs bruts régionaux et valeurs ajoutées régionales de 1990 à 2012" . Retrieved 2014-03-04.
  3. Loi n° 2015-29 du 16 janvier 2015 relative à la délimitation des régions, aux élections régionales et départementales et modifiant le calendrier électoral (in French)
  4. Yann Leurs, Recensement : rebond démographique confirmé, INSEE, 2006, see online
  5. Official website of Tintignac-Naves

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