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Occitanie is a region located in the South of France, formed the merger of two former regions: Midi-Pyrénées and Languedoc-Roussillon. Toulouse is the capital of the region. The region is surrounded by four French regions: Nouvelle Aquitaine, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes and Provence-Alpes-Côte-d’Azur. It has a coastline on the Mediterranean Sea and shares a border with Spain. In 2018, Occitanie had a population of about 5.86m, which represented 8.8% of the French population. The regional area is 72,724 km² and population density is 80.6 inhabitants per km² (Eurostat 2019). Occitanie is one of the leading regions in France in the field of research and innovation. The main areas of innovation and sector strengths are: aeronautics, space and ICT around the city of Toulouse and agro-food and agronomy. One of the leading international research complexes is located at Agropolis International in the city of Montpellier.

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