City flag City coat of arms
Motto: Fluctuat nec mergitur (Latin: She is tossed by the waves but is not sunk)
The Eiffel Tower (foreground) and the skyscrapers of Paris' suburban La Défense business district (background).
Time zone CET (UTC +1)
Department Paris (75)
Subdivisions 20 arrondissements
Mayor Bertrand Delanoë (PS)
Land area1  86.9 km2 (33.6 sq mi)
Population2 2,203,817 (January 2006 estimate)
- Ranking 1st in France
- Density 25,360 /km2 (65,700 /sq mi)
Urban area 2,723 km2 (1,051 sq mi) (1999)
- Population 10,142,983 (2006)
Metro area 14,518.3 km2 (5,605.5 sq mi) (1999)
- Population 11,769,433 (2006)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
Paris (pronounced /ˈpærɪs/ in English, [paʁi] ( listen) in French) is the capital of France and the country's most populous city. It is situated on the river Seine, in northern France, at the heart of the Île-de-France region (also known as the "Paris Region"; French: Région parisienne). The city of Paris, within its administrative limits largely unchanged since 1860, has an estimated population of 2,203,817 (January 2006), but the Paris aire urbaine (or metropolitan area) has a population of 11,769,433 (January 2006), and is one of the most populated metropolitan areas in Europe.