Belfort

Belfort (French: [bɛlfɔʁ] (listen); archaic German: Beffert/Beffort) is a commune in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region in Northeastern France, situated between Lyon and Strasbourg, approximately 25 km (16 mi) from the France–Switzerland border. It is the prefecture of the Territoire de Belfort department.

Belfort
An aerial view of Belfort with the Cathedral of Saint-Christophe in the foreground
Location of Belfort
Belfort
Belfort
Coordinates: 47°38′N 6°51′E
CountryFrance
RegionBourgogne-Franche-Comté
DepartmentTerritoire de Belfort
ArrondissementBelfort
Canton3 cantons
IntercommunalityCA Grand Belfort
Government
  Mayor (20202026) Damien Meslot
Area
1
17.10 km2 (6.60 sq mi)
Population
 (Jan. 2018)[1]
46,954
  Density2,700/km2 (7,100/sq mi)
  Urban
 (2015)
114,445
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
90010 /90000
Dialling codes0384
Elevation354–650 m (1,161–2,133 ft)
(avg. 358 m or 1,175 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Belfort is 400 km (250 mi) from Paris, 141 km (88 mi) from Strasbourg, 290 km (180 mi) from Lyon and 150 km (93 mi) from Zürich. The residents of the city are called "Belfortains". The city is located on the river Savoureuse, on a strategically important natural route between the Rhine and the Rhône – the Belfort Gap (Trouée de Belfort) or Burgundian Gate (Porte de Bourgogne). It is located approximately 16 km (10 mi) south from the base of the Ballon d'Alsace mountain range, source of the Savoureuse. The city of Belfort has 47,656 inhabitants (2017).[2] Together with Montbéliard, Héricourt, Delle and their suburbs and satellite towns, Belfort forms the largest agglomeration (metropolitan area) in the Bourgogne-Franche-Comté region with an urban population of 308,601 inhabitants.[3]